The Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s office has charged 19-year-old Ali Abdul Muhammed and 22-year-old Lavell Calvin White with murder and attempted robbery, in connection with the shooting death of Terence Richardson.
Richardson was murdered on the 1000 block of East Jones in Santa Maria on Dec. 30, 2014.
As a result of evidence and interviews, the Santa Maria Police Department SWAT Team arrested two Allan Hancock Athletes in connection to Richardson’s death.
Mohammed and White have been booked into Santa Barbara County Jail. Their bail has been set at $1,000,000.
Allan Hancock has released a statement in which they assure they will fully cooperate with the Santa Maria Police Department with the investigation.
“We are disappointed and shocked by the arrest of two of our student-athletes,” said an Allan Hancock Spokesman.”We are still trying to understand all of the details of this incident, but this clearly does not meet the high standards our student-athletes have maintained for many years.”
The family of 23-year-old Richardson is devastated. “I was always with him, Tamera Richardson said about her younger brother. She said, “Terrance was caring, kind, and considerate.”
Tamera lost her sister more than a year ago, and her brother just before the New Year. Pointing at a childhood photo of her siblings, Tamera said, “Even through they grew up this is how I see them.”
Tyson Aye, head coach of the Allan Hancock College basketball team, said “They [the team] are very surprised very shocked.”
“Me personally, I’m still in shock I am,” Aye said, “I’m trying to grasp how we’re at where I’m sitting right now.”
Aye said “It’s my job is to educate and mentor and that doesn’t stop, especially at a time like this.”
Muhammed was also charged with an enhancement for the personal and intentional discharge of a firearm causing the death of Richardson. White was also charged with an additional firearm enhancement.