The Edmonton Police Service (EPS) released a statement Wednesday that they have laid charges in the hit-and-run death of former UFC fighter Ryan Jimmo.
Anthony Getschel, 23, and Jordan Wagner, 21, have been charged in what the EPS says is Edmonton’s 25th homicide of 2016.
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Getschel is charged with second degree murder, criminal negligence causing death, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death and failure to stop at a scene of an accident involving death.
Wagner is charged with being an accessory after the fact to murder.
The release also clarifies Jimmo, 34, died of blunt force trauma after being run over by a vehicle in a parking lot off Whyte Avenue last Sunday. The individuals charged did not know Jimmo and there was a verbal argument that occurred before the incident.
Known as “The Big Deal,” Jimmo made an instant splash in his UFC debut, dispatching Aussie Anthony Perosh in a record-tying seven seconds at UFC 149.
After going 2-4-0 in his next six fights he was released by the company.
The UFC today released a statement on its website:
UFC is saddened to learn of the passing Ryan Jimmo.
Jimmo, 34, fought for the organization seven times between 2012-2015, earning performance bonuses in two of those bouts.
UFC sends its condolences to Jimmo’s family, friends and teammates during this difficult time.
RIP Ryan Jimmo! Hope they hang the one who did this! Hit and run involving death should be automatic death penalty!
— Arthur D Martin (@marineeodoffic1) June 27, 2016
My God…really…what a tragic year…2 hit and run deaths of fighters, plus all other craziness…wow..so sad!
— Renita Cantor (@renitarocks1) June 27, 2016
— Galvin Scott Davis (@galvinsd) June 27, 2016
The MMA community has lost Kevin Randleman, Ryan Jimmo, Kimbo Slice, Jordan Parsons, Joao Carvalho and Blas Avena in 2016. Life is short.
— Adam Martin (@MMAdamMartin) June 27, 2016