Former SU football player pleads not guilty in double stabbing

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A former Syracuse University football player accused of stabbing two of his Orange teammates was arraigned on Monday.

Naesean Howard pleaded not guilty to second-degree assault, a felony, and criminal possession of a weapon, a misdemeanor.

According to court documents, Howard was using a pocket knife when he repeatedly stabbed Corey Winfield in his lower back, his chest, his abdomen, and his wrist.

They say Howard then turned to another teammate, Chauncey Scissum, stabbing him in the neck, the chest, the left shoulder, and the lip.

Scissum is listed in critical condition at Upstate University Hospital.

Winfield is reportedly in stable condition.

Syracuse Police believe both men will survive their injuries.

Howard is jailed in lieu of $20,000 cash bail.

Orders of protection were issued for the victims.

He is scheduled to return to court on April 22.

Howard has been suspended from school. Senior Vice President of Public Affairs Kevin Quinn offered a statement following Howard’s arrest:

We are aware of this incident and our focus right now is on supporting our two students as they recover. The accused individual, who knew the victims, has been suspended from the University indefinitely.  We do not tolerate any act of violence and the safety of our campus and community is a top priority.

All three men were defensive backs at SU.

Howard was the first recruit to commit to Syracuse University in its 2014 class, after a standout football career at West Genesee High School. He never saw the field for the Orange, and was dismissed from the team in September of 2014.

Winfield and Scissum were both viewed as starters in the SU secondary for the upcoming season.

Winfield started eight games at cornerback in 2015, and tied for the team lead with two interceptions.

Scissum played in all 12 games for SU in 2015, starting seven contests at free safety. He finished fourth on the team with 43 tackles. 

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