Stuart Mouchantaf has been charged in the death of Blain Padgett, a Rice football player who passed away this past March, according to the Houston Police Department.
Mouchantaf, who played on Rice’s football team from 2011 to 2015, is charged with delivery of a controlled substance causing death and is currently being held in Harris County jail, according to Harris County Sheriff’s Office jail records. His bond is set at $250,000 and his court date is set for Monday, according to the jail records.
Padgett was found unresponsive in his apartment on March 2. According to an autopsy, he died from ingesting carfentanil. Carfentanil is 10,000 times more powerful than morphine and was originally designed as an elephant tranquilizer, according to the Washington Post.
Padgett’s death was reclassified as a homicide on Oct. 3, according to ABC 13. The arrest of Mouchantaf comes just two days after the Houston Police Department opened the investigation.
Mouchantaf, like Padgett, was an Owls defensive lineman during his time with the team. Both Mouchantaf and Padgett played for Rice in 2015.
Rice University released a statement after the arrest thanking law enforcement.
“We’re deeply saddened to hear about the latest developments in the investigation in the death of Blain Padgett, whose family continues to be foremost in our thoughts,” the statement read. “We want to thank the Houston Police Department investigators assigned to this case for their hard work in the wake of this tragedy. In light of the fact that charges have just been filed, any further comment would be inappropriate at this time.”
This story is developing.