Latest ex-Rutgers player charged has troubled past: His brother killed their sisters
Jamil C. Pollard — the latest former Rutgers football team member charged in a series of crimes — is the younger brother of a killer, and the older brother of the victims.
Home invasion charges against Pollard were first announced Tuesday. Authorities also announced additional charges against Lloyd M. Terry Jr., already implicated in the crimes.
According to a 2012 report by the Star-Ledger, Pollard is the younger brother of Marqueese Lee, a mentally unstable 18-year-old who fatally strangled their younger sisters, A’aliah Scott and India Duncan — just 10 and 6 years old — in 2007. Marqueese nearly hit his own mother in the head with a hammer before snapping out of a seeming daze.
The 2012 story says Pollard wears a tattoo on each bicep in honor of his sisters. Marqueese was eventually found not guilty by reason of insanity, according to several reports.
Pollard had reportedly come to Rutgers to escape scandal. He transferred to Rutgers in 2012 after the NCAA levied sanctions against Penn State, in response to the discovery Jerry Sandusky had molested children and accusations the school hadn't done enough to stop it.
Pollard suffered an injury and never appeared in a game at Rutgers. He left the program before the 2014 season, according to multiple reports.
Pollard, 21, of Woodbury, and Terry of Wrightstown, have been charged with robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery and burglary for taking an undisclosed amount of cash and marijuana from a student in Piscataway in December 2014, according to the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office.
Pollard is not charged in other cases. He was released after posting $50,000 bail.
The prosecutor's office said he was arrested on the evening of Sept. 14, 2015 at Rutgers in Camden, where he transferred after attending Rutgers in New Brunswick.
Terry, who previously has been charged, remains in custody at the Middlesex County Adult Corrections Center in North Brunswick, the prosecutor's office said.
His bail has been raised to $225,000. He was served with the new charges on September 11, 2015. He was already facing charges of armed robbery, armed burglary and conspiracy to commit the armed robbery.
Authorities say the two entered a Davidson Hall dorm room on Rutgers' Busch Campus and took cash and marijuana. No one was hurt.
They're asking anyone with information to call Detective Weiss of the New Brunswick Police Department at (732) 745-5217, or Detective Morris of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-4054.
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