BLACKSBURG, VA (WWBT) – It looks a Virginia Tech football player will be spending Christmas behind bars! A judge denied bond for starting kicker Cody Journell and two other men -- all accused of breaking into the home of a Virginia Tech basketball player. And we've learned the weapon used in the alleged crime -- was a toy!
We're learning more about why that judge may have denied bail. Prosecutors said the gun used in the crime did not appear to have a standard orange tip to signify it wasn't a deadly weapon.
We're told prosecutors believe the weapon is actually an airsoft pistol. So some people are asking, why keep the men behind bars, if the gun wasn't even real? One criminal justice professor says it doesn't matter - especially if the victims thought they were in mortal danger.
"The danger applies both ways. Both to the people producing the firearm to the victim, and the victim who may have a weapon himself believing that this is a true, a real firearm and for self-defense reasons, you know...here is someone at their door, don't know who they are," said Dr. Tod Burke, Criminal Justice Professor at Radford University.
Journell was arrested earlier this week, along with two others, after police responded to reports of a physical altercation at the house of Virginia Tech basketball player Dorenzo Hudson. Journell has been suspended indefinitely from the football team.