Former NBA player and Michigan State star Adreian Payne was killed early Monday



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 Former NBA player and Michigan State star Adreian Payne was killed early Monday

ACCORDING TO COURT DOCUMENTS RELEASED ON TUESDAY, former NBA basketball player and Michigan State star Adreian Payne was killed early Monday in Orlando while trying to help a woman who was involved in a family dispute. Twenty-nine-year-old Lawrence Dority pleaded not guilty after being arrested on charges of first-degree murder.

Court documents state that Payne and his girlfriend went to Dority's home at the request of his girlfriend Tatjana Mesa. Payne's girlfriend said Mesa had called to intervene in earlier disputes with Lawrence to ""prevent any physical violence."

" Twenty-nine-year-old Payne and his girlfriend were parked near the home of Dority, who, according to eyewitnesses, came very close to Payne's vehicle. Dority and witnesses offer a variety of evidence of what preceded the tragedy.

Dority told authorities that Payne reached for something he thought was a weapon during the altercation. The defendant then entered his house, took a gun, and fired one shot that killed Payne. The investigation established that no firearms were found in the basketball player's vehicle.

Payne's girlfriend told investigators that he did not pose a threat to Dority, and another witness stated that there were no "threatening steps" against the accused. Video and audio footage of the incident shows Payne's girlfriend telling Dority not to pull out a gun and asking them to come before the shot was heard.

The basketball player died at the hospital an hour after the incident.

Dority called an ambulance and claimed Payne had attacked him and wanted to shoot him, court documents say. Florida is a state that allows residents to use "or threaten to use deadly force" if an intruder appears on their property.

However, law enforcement at the scene of the shooting determined that Payne did not pose an immediate threat to Dority, who was arrested on charges of first-degree murder. Payne studied in Michigan, and in 2014 he was selected as the 15th pick by the Atlanta Hawks, and during his NBA career, he averaged 4 points and 2.9 rebounds.

The center, 208 cm tall, also played briefly for Panathinaikos in the 2017/2018 season, and he also played for Asvel, Ormanspor, while in the current season he played in Lithuania for Juventus.