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Tennessee football player accused of killing girlfriend asked friends to hide gun

May 12, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Tennessee football player accused of killing girlfriend asked friends to hide gun

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An incriminating recording caught a Tennessee college football player attempting to persuade his friends to lie and help him get rid of the gun he reportedly used to murder his cheerleader girlfriend.

This week, 19-year-old William Riley Gaul is on trial for first-degree murder in the November 2016 shooting of 16-year-old Emma Jean Walker.

“I’m trusting you guys because this is 70 years in jail if I’m convicted of something I didn’t do,” Gaul said to his pals in an undercover video recorded days after Walker was discovered dead in her bed, the Knoxville Sentinel reported.

The tape, which was presented as testimony in court on Thursday, was made by his friends at the request of detectives.

Prosecutors claim that the Maryville College football player murdered his girlfriend because she ended things with him — then made a lengthy post professing his love to her on social media.

In the undercover footage, Gaul told his buddies that he was too “worried” about being arrested to mourn his girlfriend’ death.

“I want to be upset but I can’t,” Gaul was heard saying.

Gaul’s attorneys contend that the teen fired shots through Walker’s bedroom wall but didn’t mean to kill her. They insisted that he only wanted to scare Walker so he could act like a hero.

He was detained in November 2016 just as he was about to deposit a bag of evidence, including the firearm, in the Tennessee River.

The trial is set to continue this week.

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