Two killed at Long Island condo owned by New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma

Posted by The Associated Press March 31, 2009 9:09AM

Jonathan Vilma

NEW YORK — Police are investigating two execution-style slayings at a Long Island condo owned by New Orleans linebacker Jonathan Vilma, a former member of the New York Jets.

New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne said Tuesday that New Orleans Saints player Jonathan Vilma was not there at the time of the slayings and is not believed to be involved.

The victims were shot in the head Thursday night in Woodbury, N.Y. One body was later dumped in Queens and the other in Brooklyn.

Police believe the killings involved a money dispute.

Vilma’s agent Mitch Frankel told the New York Daily News that Vilma hadn’t lived in the $900,000 condo since November 2007 and believed the place was empty, and there is no evidence that Vilma was involved in the crimes, according to the report.

Frankel said the condo is for sale, and neighbors confirmed that Vilma has not lived there since November ’07. A police source, however, told the Daily News that a friend or relative of Vilma’s with use of the condo may have been connected to the crimes.

Vilma, 26, was traded from the New York Jets to New Orleans in February 2008. He signed a new five-year, $34 million with the Saints last month.

He also ran into legal trouble earlier this year in Miami when he was arrested for reckless driving and resisting arrest following a traffic stop. But Vilma disputed the criminal charges, which were later dropped.

Here is the New York Daily News’ story on the incident

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