2-20-05- Months before they became teammates at East Central University, the lives of Joseph Tusan and Dennis Scales crossed. Ultimately, their fates would cross as well.
The pair didn't know each other when they posed for a photograph
taken at a Dallas-area debutante ball, but once classes started the
redshirt freshmen became friends.
It was during a celebration after their team's victory over a conference rival that both young men and their friends got into an argument with a group of strangers that eventually turned deadly.
A member of that group -- Ammon Dean Reich -- is to be formally
arraigned Tuesday on one count of first-degree murder and 32 counts
of assault and battery in the September death of Tusan and the
injury of seven others.
Reich -- a 43-year-old mechanic and father of two -- is accused
of ramming his pickup truck into the back of the pickup in which
Tusan and Scales were riding, throwing the two football players and
their friends out of the truck's bed.
The case grew from a weekend traffic fatality into a highly publicized state murder investigation with racial overtones that's drawn the attention of the FBI and the NAACP.