Man accused of killing former Orlando Magic player to make 1st appearance – WFTV


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ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — A man accused of killing a former Orlando Magic player is expected to make his first appearance on Tuesday afternoon.

The man who died was Adreian Payne; he was a standout college basketball player at Michigan State University and went on to play in the NBA.

Deputies arrested Lawrence Dority, 29, on a first-degree murder charge.

Investigators spent 8 hours working the scene.

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They said it was around 1:30 a.m. Monday when Dority shot Payne.

Payne was rushed to a hospital, where he died. He was 31 years old.

Dority stayed at the scene until Orange County deputies got there.

Over three seasons, Payne played 107 games for the NBA. He last played for the Orlando Magic in 2017, which was his final season in the NBA.

Photos: Adreian Payne through the years

He was released by the Magic after ESPN reported an alleged sexual assault involving Payne and former Michigan State University guard Keith Appling from their college freshman year.

Prosecutors had not pressed charges and no legal action was taken, the Free Press reported.

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Channel 9 is working to find out how Payne and Dority knew each other and what led up to the deadly shooting.

Dority is set to appear before a judge at 1 p.m. Tuesday.

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