Ex-NFL Player Named Primary Suspect in His Wife of Less Than a Year’s Homicide
Former Washington State linebacker Anthony McClanahan has been detained as a suspect in the death of his wife.
According to The Salt Lake Tribune, Keri “KC” McClanahan was found dead early Thursday morning in a room at the Park Regency Hotel in Park City, Utah, after a guest at the hotel called authorities to report a “ruckus” in the room. A trail of blood was also found in the hotel parking lot.
Police on Friday revealed the 28-year-old victim had knife wounds to her throat and identified her 46-year-old husband as the primary suspect. Homicide charges have not yet been filed against Anthony.
Keri’s sister, Heather Gauf, told The Tribune that the couple’s relationship had a history of domestic violence. Gauf said her sister fled from her husband a couple times in the past and even “sought refuge” in Utah recently.
“She was such an amazing mother and such a beautiful humanitarian,” Gauf said. “This is going to deeply affect my little niece and nephew, to know that their mother was murdered.”
Meanwhile, Gauf claimed that Anthony blamed his behavior on injuries he sustained while playing football. He played three years at Washington State before spending time in the NFL with the Cowboys, though he was cut ahead of the start of the regular season and never appeared in a game. He later played four seasons in the CFL with the Calgary Stampeders.
When police entered the condo they found Keri’s body lying in her bed, with knife wounds on her throat.
McClanahan has been charged with first-degree murder in Keri’s death. She had two children, aged 7 and 9, with another man. It’s not known what his motive may have been. Keri, who was the mother of a nine-year-old girl and a seven-year-old boy with another man, was a ‘beautiful spirit’ who was ‘instantly loved’ by people, according to her sister, Heather Gauf. ‘She was such an amazing mother and such a beautiful humanitarian,’ she said. She added that she was worried that it will ‘deeply affect my little niece and nephew, to know that their mother was murdered.’ McClanahan was signed to the the Dallas Cowboys 1993, but was dropped before the season began, according to a 1994.
He went on to play for the Calgary Stampeders, and calls himself a ‘sports performance consultant’. McClanahan was also charged Friday with kidnapping his son from another relationship at the boy’s school. He is alleged to have snatched his eight-year-old son from a school in Maricopa County, Arizona, on October 3. According to court documents, the boy’s mom, Donna May, found McClanahan the following day and, with the support of police, demanded him back – but the ex-player refused.