Clayton Beathard, the 22-year-old brother of San Francisco 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard, was one of two men fatally stabbed outside of a Nashville bar on Dec. 21.
A manhunt for the suspects began right away and the main suspect in the murders, 23-year-old Michael Mosley, was found and arrested on Christmas Day in Ashland City, Tenn. Mosley was booked with two counts of criminal homicide and one count of attempted criminal homicide.
The third victim in the stabbing was reportedly stabbed in the eye and arm, which is the reasoning behind the one count of attempted criminal homicide.
According to ABC News and the Nashville Metropolitan Police Department, Mosley had a violent criminal past and was free on bond at the time of the killings.
Police said that at the time of the killings, Mosley was free on a $5,000 bond after being arrested for aggravated assault in a brutal December 2018 beat down of a 37-year-old woman at a Nashville Walmart.
Mosley had previously been convicted in a 2016 misdemeanor assault for squirting urine from a shampoo bottle on an employee at a Davidson County, Tennessee, jail on Christmas Day 2015, police said in a statement.
In February 2018, he was convicted on multiple counts of armed robbery and was sentenced to two concurrent six-year prison terms, police said.
Mosley was also convicted of two counts of felony aggravated assault in May 2015 for stabbing a man and cutting a woman and was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison in December 2017, police said.
Given his past, it’s surprising that this man was allowed the opportunity to be out on bond. The police department was asked how Mosley was even allowed on the streets, which they explained: “the police department doesn’t impose punishment, the police department is not in charge of incarceration, the police department is not in charge of sentencing.”
Initial reports from The Tennesseean explained that the fatal stabbings had resulted from an argument over a woman that began inside Dogwood Bar in Midtown Nashville and turned physical when the parties went outside.
Clay graduated from Battle Ground Academy in Nashville in 2017. He then attended Iowa Western C.C. before transferring to Long Island University where he played in seven games this past season as a junior.