Earl Badu, former Maryland basketball player, jumps to his death onto I-695

September 28, 2012|By Jessica Anderson | The Baltimore Sun

Earl Badu, a former Maryland basketball player and St. Frances graduate, died after he had jumped to his death Thursday morning.

Badu, 33, had jumped from the I-95 overpass onto I-695, where he fell about 50 feet, Baltimore County police spokeswoman Elise Armacost said in an email.

She said Badu was still alive at the scene when medic crews arrived around 9 a.m. He was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview, where doctors pronounced him dead.

According to online court records, just six days before his death Badu received a five-year suspended sentence for passing a bad check in Montgomery County.

A $300,000 judgment was entered against Badu in April. He had been sued by Alan Cornfield, a Silver Spring-based chiropractor, in Montgomery County Circuit Court over issues related to fraud, misrepresentation of facts, misappropriation of funds, unjust enrichment and restitution based upon unjust enrichment.

Badu graduated from St. Frances in 1998 and walked on to Maryland the following fall. A fan favorite in College Park, Badu played just 33 minutes during his Terps career, including 26 as a senior for Maryland's 2001-02 national championship team.

Badu, who scored four points during his four years with the Terps, told The Sun in 2002 that he planned to attend law school after he graduated. 

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