Former Razorback Faces Second-Degree Murder Charge


FAYETTEVILLE — Former Arkansas football player Josh Melton was arrested Wednesday and faces a second-degree murder charge in the death of a West Fork man.

The 33-year-old Melton was an offensive lineman for the Razorbacks from 1999-2002.

Melton’s arrest came after he and the victim, who police identified as Michael Gover of West Fork, spent the night drinking together. A preliminary report indicated Melton told police he passed out and, after waking up, discovered Gover had vomited on the living room floor.

He confronted Gover about the mess and the victim responded with “lewd comments.” Melton also told police Gover grabbed him inappropriately.

Melton told police he went into a “rage” and punched Gover multiple times, according the report. Melton said he left the Gover lying on the floor breathing. He went to sleep, woke up later and found Gover unresponsive.

Melton called police and responding officers found the Batesville native sitting on the driveway crying and slumped over, according to the report. His hands were covered in blood and Melton also had blood on his arm, chest and feet.

Officers found Gover lying on the floor when they entered the residence and saw blood and vomit on the carpet. Gover was pronounced dead.

The police report indicated Melton was “cooperative and concerned” throughout an interview at the police department. He told police there was “never any intention to cause Gover’s death. Melton was placed under arrest and is being held at the Washington County Detention Center.

— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau