Police: Son of former Mavericks player confesses to murder

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Posted on December 30, 2010 at 1:30 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 30 at 6:48 PM

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DALLAS — Nickey Van Exel, son of former Dallas Mavericks player Nick Van Exel, was arrested Wednesday night in connection with a recent murder.

Bradley Bassey Eyo, 23, was found shot to death near Lake Ray Hubbard the day after Christmas. Investigators determined he was murdered at a Garland home in the 6900 block of George Brown Drive and his body later dumped at the lake, less than a mile away.

Police said 20-year-old Nickey Van Exel turned himself in Wednesday and confessed to the crime. He's a neighbor of the victim.

The younger Van Exel's attorney says his client told police he killed Eyo, a close friend, when a shotgun they were playing with accidently went off and later "panicked" and moved the body.

He is being held at the Lew Sterrett Justice Center on $1 million bond.

The senior Van Exel played for the Mavericks from 2001-2003. He finished his NBA career with the San Antonio Spurs in 2006.  He is now player development instructor for the Atlanta Hawks. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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