Ex-CFL, Cowboys tryout failure, charged in wife's gruesome murder

Brunilde Fioravanti
Novembre 15, 2017

Former professional football player Anthony McClanahan killed his wife Keri and then flagged down a police officer, prosecutors said in murder charges filed Monday, Nov. 13, 2017.

They found her after McClanahan made a scene outside their Salt Lake City condo.

McClanahan was charged with first-degree felony child kidnapping and first-degree murder.

After a "lengthy search" of the complex, charging papers say, officers found the condo with its door ajar and blood on the door and floor. He is accused of killing Keri "KC" McClanahan, 28, sometime between the night of November 1 and early in the morning of November 2.

When police found Keri's body, however, they also discovered that the murder weapon was a small, sharp knife she had worn sheathed in a nylon paracord bracelet.

His wife, KC McClellan, was found dead in the apartment with several knife wounds to her neck, along with carpet burns and defensive wounds on other parts of her body.

Additionally, McClanahan was charged last month with kidnapping one of his children from a previous relationship.

Keri's family told the newspaper that she and McClanahan had a history of domestic violence, which ended at least twice with Keri fleeing from her husband.

Originally from Bakersfield, California, McClanahan played four years with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League in the mid-1990s after a collegiate career at Washington State University.

He was arrested in Utah on October 12 and gave his son back, then bonded out of jail a week later.

Keri McClanahan, who went by KC, had been planning to leave her husband but wanted to help him get on his feet first, said her sister, Heather Gauf. Gauf said she became concerned about her sister when McClanahan wanted her to marry him a year ago soon after meeting in KC's hometown of Bellingham, Wash., where Anthony was working as a personal trainer at the time. While he had prospects to play with the Dallas Cowboys, he was cut from the team prior to the 1994 regular season and never played a game in the NFL.

"It anxious me a lot, '" she said, but "he kind of had us fooled".

After getting married, they moved to Arizona and began working as volunteers in hurricane-affected areas.

But his jealousy began to emerge and in September he got frustrated about a missed donation and punched her, Gauf said.

Prosecutors say McClanahan, 46, was the real attacker.

Gauf said Anthony McClanahan tried to blame his behavior on injuries he'd suffered while playing football.

Gauf plans to be in Utah for every court hearing on the case, she said, and she'll paint her nails emerald green, her sister's favorite color.

"He definitely dimmed her light so much and it was really hard to watch", she said.

Former pro football player Anthony McClanahan was charged with murder Monday after a freakish scene that unfolded outside his condominium earlier this month.

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