True Crime News Roundup: NFL Player Facing Felony DUI Charge After Killing Woman In Fiery Crash
Plus: Texas mother accused of abandoning her children in home with son’s skeletal remains; man allegedly used tracking device to stalk woman before murdering her; Kyle Rittenhouse trial begins in Wisconsin; and Prince Andrew to be deposed for sexual assault lawsuit.
A pro football player caused a deadly wreck in Vegas while allegedly driving drunk.
Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III, 22, was driving while intoxicated in Las Vegas when he reached speeds of 156 m.p.h. shortly before killing a woman in a fiery crash, prosecutors alleged. On Nov. 2 around 3:40 a.m., the NFL star’s blood-alcohol content was 0.161%, twice the legal limit, when his Corvette Stingray slammed into 23-year-old Tina Tintor’s Toyota RAV4. She and her dog passed away at the scene, and Ruggs’ girlfriend and passenger, Kiara Je'nai Kilgo-Washington, 22, was injured in the wreck. The family of the woman killed is “torn apart, as anybody would be,” Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “This was a terrible, terrible collision, so they’re mourning their loss. They’re grieving. They’re mad.”
Ruggs faces felony charges of driving under the influence of alcohol resulting in death and reckless driving. He posted a $150,000 bond and was released Nov. 3 with conditions that included home confinement and electronic monitoring. He also was ordered to surrender his passport and agreed not to drink alcohol or drive, ESPN reported. If convicted, Ruggs faces anywhere from two to 20 years in prison for the DUI causing death charge as well as up to another six years for the reckless driving charge. The Raiders released Ruggs, a former first-round draft pick, shortly after the deadly incident.
Three children are found living in a Texas home with their dead brother.
A Texas mother allegedly abandoned her three sons, ages 7, 9, and 15, in March, leaving them to live in an apartment with the skeletal remains of their deceased 8-year-old brother, Kendrick. On Oct. 24, the eldest child called police and said his younger sibling "had been dead for a year and his body was in the room next to his," according to Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez. The surviving boys were “malnourished and showed signs of physical injury” and officers found the apartment in “horrible condition,” the sheriff said. “We saw soiled carpet, no furniture at all. No bedding, no blankets that we could see. We saw roaches and flies and a very bad condition for anyone to live in.” In a Nov. 1 hearing, prosecutors alleged the children’s mother, Gloria Y. Williams, 35, continued to pay rent and send groceries to the apartment monthly in order to hide her son Kendrick’s death. Williams claimed she failed to report he died because she was afraid of her boyfriend, 31-year-old Brian W. Coulter, People reported. “This mother had a year to contact law enforcement so you can't tell me that for every minute for a year you were afraid," Lt. Dennis Wilford countered. Williams faces charges of injury to a child by omission, and tampering with evidence, a human corpse. Her boyfriend, Coulter, is accused of fatally beating the victim and is charged with murder.
A stalker placed a tracking device on a woman’s car before allegedly killing her, police say.
The mother of a young daughter was fatally shot on a Texas road after a man allegedly became obsessed with her. On Oct. 26, Fort Worth police told People, officers found Abigail Saldana, 22, “inside of her vehicle with apparent gunshot wounds to her torso.” According to investigators, Saldana was working as a dancer at Rick’s Cabaret and “had recently been harassed by a customer,” identified as Stanley Szeliga, 54, an arrest warrant states. According to the document, Saldana “was frightened of Stan because he was stalking and harassing her,” and a colleague showed detectives an Instagram photo Saldana posted to Instagram on Oct. 14 with the caption referring to a “tracker that Stan had hidden on her car in an effort to follow her.” After Saldana’s shooting death, officers served a search warrant on Szeliga’s home. “The suspect was located on a balcony of the residence and was found with several self-inflicted cut wounds on various parts of his body,” police said. Szeliga was charged with murder and booked into the Tarrant County Lon Evans Correction Center on a $250,000 bond.
Witnesses take the stand as the Kyle Rittenhouse murder trial begins in Wisconsin.
The murder trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager who shot two people and injured a third in Kenosha, Wisconsin, began this week in the city. On Aug. 25, 2020, Rittenhouse headed from his home in Illinois to Wisconsin amid unrest in response to a Kenosha officer shooting and injuring a 29-year-old Black man, Jacob Blake. During a confrontation with protestors, Rittenhouse fatally shot Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and wounded Gaige Grosskreutz, 27. “The central issue in this case is going to be self-defense,” prosecutor Thomas C. Binger told the court, according to The Washington Post. Witnesses taking the stand so far have included Dominick Black, the man who bought then-17-year-old Rittenhouse the AR-15 used the night of the deadly shooting. Rittenhouse has pleaded not guilty to multiple charges that include homicide, and attempted homicide. Black faces criminal charges for purchasing the AR-15 for his friend.
Prince Andrew to be deposed in connection to the lawsuit brought by Jeffrey Epstein accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre.
Prince Andrew reportedly will give a sworn deposition in connection to a lawsuit filed by a woman who alleged the royal sexually abused her three times in three different countries. Lawyers for the plaintiff, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, claimed in the suit she “feared death or physical injury to herself” if she refused to follow orders from pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, who hanged himself in a Manhattan prison cell in August 2019, and his alleged madam, Ghislaine Maxwell. The pair, Giuffre alleged, forced her to engage in sex acts with Andrew when she was 17, the New York Post reported. “The powerful and rich are not exempt from being held responsible for their actions,” Giuffre said in a statement about the lawsuit. “I hope that other victims will see that it is possible not to live in silence and fear, but to reclaim one’s life by speaking out and demanding justice.” The Duke of York has adamantly denied he assaulted Giuffre, and Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to accusations she allegedly recruited minors for Epstein. A trial date for the case has not yet been set.