Anthony Darnel McClanahan, former NFL Dallas Cowboys player, has been named as the primary suspect in the death of his wife Keri “KC” McClanahan. Keri had been found dead on Thursday after a "ruckus" was reported in her Park City, Utah hotel room.
Homicide charges have not officially been filed against Anthony. The case will be screened by the Summit County Attorney’s Office early next week.
Testimony from Keri's sister, Heather Gauf, indicates that the two had allegedly had a turbulent relationship filled with domestic violence. Keri had attempted to flee from Anthony at least twice. She had returned to Arizona with her husband both times. Keri had also gone to Gauf in Utah for refuge.
Gauf claims that Anthony blamed his behavior on the injuries he suffered while playing football.
“She was such an amazing mother and such a beautiful humanitarian,” Gauf said. “[T]his is going to deeply affect my little niece and nephew, to know that their mother was murdered.”
Gauf says she plans on being present for every hearing on the case.
Anthony McClanahan was seperately charged for first-degree felony child kidnapping in a semi-unrelated case. Anthony had taken his wife's 8-year-old son from school premises without her permission. Police were asked to assist in the return of the child and Anthony would not cooperate. Anthony had posted videos of himself with the child on social media during the ordeal.
Charges in the kidnapping case ask for a no bail warrant, noting that Anthony may be a flight risk and a danger to the community.