Suspect charged in shooting of Giants draft pick Corey Ballentine

Washburn football teammates Corey Ballentine and Dwayne Simmons were best friends. Ballentine survived a double-shooting after the Giants drafted him but Simmons did not

Washburn football teammates Corey Ballentine and Dwayne Simmons were best friends. Ballentine survived a double-shooting after the Giants drafted him but Simmons did not

A Kansas teenager has been charged in the Topeka shooting that injured rookie New York Giants cornerback Corey Ballentine and killed his friend, Dwane Simmons, 23.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports Francisco Alejandro Mendez was charged Friday with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and five accounts of aggravated robbery.

Police connected the crimes to two related aggravated robberies that occurred on April 27 and 30.

Simmons and Ballentine were shot as they walked home from a party in Topeka, Kansas, just hours after the Giants selected Ballentine in the sixth round of the National Football League draft.

Shawnee County District Attorney Mike Kagay's office said in a news release Mendez is being held on a $1 million bond.

Ballentine joined the Giants in May and participated in spring workouts.

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