A former NFL Dallas Cowboys football player was formally charged on Monday with murder after his wife was found dead in a Las Vegas condo earlier this month, prosecutors confirm.
Fox News reports that Anthony Darnel McClanahan, 46, allegedly slit his wife’d throat on Nov. 2 at their rented Park Regency Resort condominium off of 1710 Prospector Avenue in Park City. Prosecutors alleged that the suspect left his wife, Keri “KC” McClanahan, 28, for dead as he snuck out of the room by crawling through the hallways and on the ground until he reached the highway, where he flagged down an oncoming police car and told an officer that someone attacked his wife and infant.
The suspect was covered in blood and as soon he got the officer’s attention, McClanahan fell back to the ground and started convulsing while flapping his arms in a “snow angel motion.”
When police arrived to the condo, they found no evidence that anyone broke in, nor did they find evidence that an infant was there. Authorities reported that the victim, who apparently put up a fight for her life, had knife wounds across her neck, as well as on the sides of and the back of her neck. They noted she also had carpet burns and defense wounds. The suspect reportedly killed his wife with a small knife she wore in a sheath on a corded bracelet.
The suspect suffered minor injuries. After treatment at a local hospital, police arrested him and initially held him on suspicion of murder. The charges were upgraded to felony murder after authorities got the results of the KC’s cause of death from a medical examiner.
McClanahan trained with Cowboys in the 1990s, but never officially played in an NFL game, as he was dropped before the season began.
Earlier this year on Oct. 3, as CrimeOnline previously reported, Donna May, the mother of McClanahan’s 8-year-old son, called police and reported that he never brought their son home after picking him up from school in Maricopa County, Arizona. The following day, May found McClanahan and her son in Las Vegas. She asked authorities for help in getting her son back, but McClanahan reportedly refused to release the boy.
On Oct. 5, May obtained an Emergency Court Order and within a few days, emailed it to McClanahan, demanding her son back. Reportedly, McClanahan still refused. On Oct. 12, authorities located the suspect and the little boy in Salt Lake. Unified Police Department and Phoenix Police Department arrested the former football player and returned the boy to May.
McClanahan posted bond around a week later. On Nov. 2, Keri was found dead. McClanahan is claiming innocence.
The Utah Attorney General’s office requested that McClanahan be held without bail, as he “now poses a flight risk due, as he has no ties to the State of Utah, has criminal charges pending in Arizona and Utah involving Domestic Violence, and has demonstrated a recent willingness to be a fugitive from justice,” according to court documents.
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