True Crime News Roundup: Father Fatally Shoots Ex-Football Player Son During Dog Bite Argument

Plus: The remains of Wisconsin mother Ashley Carlson were found in Minnesota; An arrest has been made in connection to the deadly home invasion of music legend Clarence Avant’s California home; and a Las Vegas college student died from injuries he sustained during a “school-sanctioned amateur fight.”

December 03, 2021
Central Florida running back Otis Anderson (2) carries the ball during an NCAA football game against Houston on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020 in Houston.

Otis Anderson Jr.

Photo by: AP Photo/Matt Patterson

AP Photo/Matt Patterson

Otis Anderson Jr.

By: Aaron Rasmussen

Father accused of murdering his ex-college football player son after a family fight escalated, officials say.

On Nov. 29, Otis Anderson Sr. got into a verbal fight with his wife, Denise Anderson, and their son, former University of Central Florida running back Otis Anderson Jr., 23. According to police, the argument, which turned violent, was sparked after a dog belonging to Anderson Jr.’s girlfriend bit his father. Officers responding to the scene around 9:30 p.m. arrested Anderson Sr., 52, after they found his son fatally shot in the chest and shoulder and wife suffering non-life-threatening graze wounds. He was being held without bond at the Duval County Jail and is charged with first-degree murder and first-degree attempted murder, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

The remains of a Wisconsin mother who disappeared in September were found in Minnesota.

A search-and-rescue group has located the remains of Ashley Carlson, a 33-year-old Wisconsin mother of four who went missing months ago. According to authorities, Carlson’s rental car was found partially submerged in Grace Lake in Pine County. Minnesota, on Sept. 24. After multiple searches over the following two months, a private investigation group hired by Carlson’s family located her remains in woods near the lake, the Duluth Tribune reported. “This is a sad day our family hoped would not come, and there are still many questions that need answers, but the important thing is we now have Ashley,” the woman’s mother, Krista Struck, said in a statement. Police have not indicated if they suspect foul play.

Man arrested in connection to home invasion murder at music legend’s California home.

Law enforcement in California have arrested a suspect in the murder of a prominent philanthropist who is the wife of a well-known music executive. According to police, Aariel Maynor, 29, was armed with an AR-15 rifle when he allegedly broke into the Beverly Hills home of Jacqueline and Clarence Avant on Dec. 1 and fatally shot Jacqueline. A short time later, police said, Maynor allegedly attempted to burglarize a Hollywood Hills residence and accidentally shot himself in the foot. According to LAPD Deputy Chief Blake Chow, an “astute watch commander” at the LAPD’s Hollywood Division noticed similarities between the separate shootings and contacted officers in Beverly Hills. The suspect was treated at a local hospital and then released to police custody. “It is a sad case, and although we are happy we have an arrest, I feel so bad for the family,” Beverly Hills Police Chief Mark Stainbrook said, according to the Los Angeles Times. “The evidence thus far shows that only one suspect was involved in the crime and the motive remains under investigation.”

A college student passed away from injuries he sustained during what his family called a “school-sanctioned amateur fight.”

A University of Nevada, Las Vegas junior died days after he took part in a fraternity charity event, and his death has been ruled a homicide. On Nov. 19, junior Nathan Valencia, 20, was representing Sigma Alpha Epsilon when he fought in the “Kappa Sigma Fight Night” boxing match at the Sahara Event Center. During the match, Valencia suffered multiple punches and collapsed. He passed away from brain injuries four days later, on Nov. 23, KLAS reported. Valencia's family claimed in a statement to People that they “confirmed from multiple sources there were no paramedics or medical personnel of any kind at this event” and the referee allegedly appeared to have no professional training or a license as required by the Nevada Athletic Commission. The family said they also "confirmed from multiple sources that there were no paramedics or medical personnel of any kind at this event,” which they called “a school-sanctioned amateur fight that cost [Valencia] his life.” The coroner ruled the student’s death a homicide caused by blunt force trauma to the head, but law enforcement officials noted that “although Valencia's death is tragic, the circumstances surrounding his death are not criminal and no charges will be filed.”