Ex-MSU defensive lineman Jerel Worthy now plays for the Packers. (Joe Robbins / Getty Images)
The grandmother of former Michigan State defensive end Jerel Worthy was accidentally shot and killed by her husband, the Dayton Daily News reported.
Mae Worthy was struck by a bullet Wednesday after a gun her husband James was handling in another room went off.
"It went through the bedroom wall, down into the opposite end of the house and it just happened to strike her while she was sitting on the couch," Huber Heights police Lt. Matt Dulaney told the Daily News. "The evidence is in line with his story as to what he's telling us... . (Detectives and evidence crews) have done a thorough investigation and the preliminary investigation reveals that it does appear that it is an accidental shooting."
James Worthy was questioned but not arrested, although prosecutors will review the case. The couple had been married for 50 years.
Jerel Worthy, who now plays for the Packers in the NFL, tweeted in apparent reference to the incident: “I would like to thank everyone for your prayers n support. My family was truly grateful to spend the time we had with such an amazing woman.”
She will forever be remember by the countless lives that she has touched. We ask for your respect in our time of grieving.— Jerel Worthy (@I_AM_Worthy99) May 30, 2014