True Crime News Roundup: Former NFL Player Indicted For Murdering Girlfriend, Prosecutors Say
Plus: Maryland woman allegedly shoots her husband after he’s accused of sexually abusing children; hit-and-run driver kills man who had plans to propose; police determine what happened to slain Rhode Island couple; three school employees indicted in connection with autistic student’s death.
A former NFL player is accused of killing his girlfriend and hiding her body, according to prosecutors.
Former NFL tight end Kevin Ware recently was indicted for allegedly slaying his girlfriend last year, prosecutors announced.
Ware, who played for Washington and San Francisco from 2003 to 2004, is accused of murder and tampering with evidence in connection with the death of 29-year-old Taylor Pomaski.
Pomaski vanished after a party she threw at her home in April 2021, and investigators suspected foul play.
A short time later, on June 11, 2021, U.S. Marshals and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office placed Ware, 41, under arrest on unrelated gun and drug charges in Montgomery County, KHOU reported.
Remains discovered in Harris County seven months after Pomaski disappeared were positively identified as hers this past April, leading prosecutors to present evidence from the case to a grand jury, which determined there was sufficient evidence for Ware to be charged with murder, according to Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg.
“We will follow the evidence wherever it leads and apply the law equally to all,” Ogg said.
Eric Zuleger, Pomaski’s ex-boyfriend, alleged the relationship between the victim and Ware was toxic and abusive, according to KHOU.
“Taylor reached out to me many times throughout the month of April,” he told the station shortly after Pomaski went missing. “We were talking about her getting out of there, getting back on her feet, getting herself set and stabilized.”
Ware faces anywhere from 15 years to life in prison if convicted of the charges against him.
A Maryland woman shoots her husband after he’s accused of sexually abusing children, police say.
An ex-Baltimore cop shot by his wife in a luxury hotel in Washington D.C. was charged days later with sexually abusing multiple children at a daycare facility she owned, authorities said.
On July 21, James S. Weems Jr., 57, was with his wife, Sheantari Weems, 50, in a room at the Mandarin Oriental hotel and the couple got into a dispute about the allegations before the shooting, The Washington Post reported, citing an affidavit.
Sheantari, who owns Lil Kidz Kastle Daycare Center in Baltimore County, was being held in the D.C. jail, and her husband was taken to an area hospital, where he was being treated for two non-life-threatening gunshot wounds, according to police.
Sheantari has pleaded not guilty to assault with intent to kill and handgun offenses, and her defense lawyer claims she shot her husband in self-defense, according to The Washington Post.
On July 26, Baltimore County police formally charged James with 13 sex crimes that allegedly occurred at Lil Kidz Kastle and involved “at least three children,” police said.
Police search for a hit-and-run driver accused of killing a man planning to propose.
A California man who planned to surprise his girlfriend by asking for her hand in marriage was killed in a hit-and-run crash before he could pop the question.
On July 16, Freddy Perez, 30, was on his Harley Davidson motorcycle near his home in Mission Hills. When he attempted to turn into a gas station, a driver behind the wheel of what police believe was a dark-colored pickup truck — possibly a GMC Denali or Sierra HD — struck him and then took off, KTLA-TV reported.
A nurse who witnessed the incident attempted to help Perez until first responders could arrive, but he died from his injuries.
Lizette Perez told the station her brother was set to go to Mexico to see his girlfriend and relatives when he was killed.
“He was about to start his own family," Lizette said, noting her brother’s girlfriend was unaware of the proposal plan and only learned about it after she was told about the deadly crash. “It's been rough knowing he never got the chance.”
Lizette described her brother as “an amazing and selfless man” in a tribute she posted on GoFundMe.
“If you needed help with anything he would drop what he was doing and come help. He loved everyone and everyone loved Freddy,” she wrote, noting Perez “was everyone's little brother and best friend.”
“My brother was a funny guy,” she added. “He made silly jokes, he was goofy, he was a weirdo, and he made me smile and laugh.”
Anyone with information about the hit-and-run crash is urged to contact the Los Angeles Police Department at (818) 644-8115.
Authorities are offering a $50,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.
Authorities in Rhode Island say a couple found fatally shot was ruled a murder-suicide.
Investigators have determined a Rhode Island couple found dead in their home nearly a month ago died as the result of murder-suicide.
Cumberland Police Chief Matthew J. Benson said Eric Huard, 51, killed his wife of 17 years, 42-year-old Courtney Huard, and then turned the gun on himself around 6:40 a.m. on June 22, The Providence Journal reported.
The couple’s three children were physically unharmed.
“Devastatingly, their children were home at the time of the murder-suicide and are now left without their parents,” the Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center and Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence said in a statement. “This domestic violence murder-suicide happened just before the start of what would have been an ordinary school day.”
Chief Benson would only disclose that “marital issues” were Eric Huard’s motive for murdering his wife, according to The Valley Breeze.
A grand jury in California indicts three former school employees in connection with the 2018 death of an autistic student.
Three former educators — executive director Cindy Keller, principal Staranne Meyers, and special education teacher Kimberly Wohlwend — who worked at Guiding Hands, a now-defunct school in California for students with special needs, recently were indicted on involuntary manslaughter charges almost four years after an autistic boy died while physically restrained, People reported.
The now-defunct El Dorado Hills-based school, as a corporation, was also indicted on the same count, according to the El Dorado County District Attorney's Office.
On Nov. 28, 2018, Max Benson, 13, became violent at the school and investigators alleged he was restrained for around an hour with his face pushed against the floor. After he became unresponsive, a teacher revived him with CPR and he was transported to UC Davis Medical Center, where he died two days later.
About a week after the incident occurred, the privately operated, publicly funded school was closed after the California Department of Education suspended its certification.
Keller, Meyers, and Wohlwend each pleaded not guilty to the charges against them when they were arrested and charged in 2019.