Former Missouri football player arrested, suspected of rape

Sunday, May 11, 2014 | 2:37 p.m. CDT; updated 8:31 p.m. CDT, Sunday, May 11, 2014

COLUMBIA — An MU student and former Missouri football player was arrested early Saturday morning on suspicion of first-degree rape.

A woman told MU police that an acquaintance, David Mikhail Sowell, raped her in his Campus View apartment, Capt. Brian Weimer said. Police do not believe alcohol was involved.

MU police were dispatched to Campus View Apartments at 11:58 p.m. Friday, where they made contact with Sowell. He was taken to the MU Police Department for an interview, and police arrested him around 4:30 a.m.

Sowell is a sophomore who played defensive back on Missouri's football team after walking on in Spring 2013, said Chad Moller, a spokesman for the Missouri Athletics Department. He was later dismissed from the team for "internal reasons," said Moller, who cited a violation of team rules but would not elaborate.

"He's not a part of the team," Moller said. "He hasn't been part of the team for 9 months."

On Sunday afternoon, he was being held at Boone County Jail on a $100,000 cash-only bond.

Supervising editor is Adam Aton.

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