Former ASU football player Loren Wade’s defense team is seeking lesser charges of manslaughter or negligent homicide in the shooting death of another former football player.
Wade was charged with first-degree murder in the March 26 death of Brandon Falkner outside a Scottsdale nightclub.
The defense contends the shooting was accidental and that the safety on Wade’s handgun was faulty, the motion filed July 1 states.
Wade nearly shot himself in the foot while handling his handgun about an hour before the shooting at Club CBNC, according to a report of grand jury transcripts televised by KPNX-TV (Channel 12) on Wednesday.
Wade’s attorney, Ulises Ferragut, declined comment when reached by the Tribune late Wednesday. The state’s response to the defense motion is due Friday.
In a related matter, Arizona State University officials said they will release on Monday the findings of an internal investigation into the university’s handling of Wade.
A committee led by law professor Myles Lynk investigated whether athletic department officials made proper decisions when they learned of allegations that Wade threatened women athletes late last year and early this year. The panel also reviewed student support services, such as counseling, and whether students and faculty