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Former Dallas Cowboy Charged With Slashing His Wife’s Throat

Anthony McClanahan was charged with murder after he cut his wife's throat.

Park City, Utah – A former NFL player has been arrested for the murder of his wife, who was found with her throat cut on the morning of Nov. 2.

Park City Police found Anthony D. McClanahan, 46, covered in blood and crawling on his stomach, outside of the rented condominium that he shared with his wife Keri “KC” McClanahan, according to the New York Daily News.

Officers said that he flopped around on the ground in front of them.

He lifted himself up just enough to flag down a police officer, then dropped back down and began convulsing, his arms making a “snow angel motion,” the officer on scene told prosecutors, according to FOX News.

The former Dallas Cowboys player told police that he, his wife, and baby had been attacked.

Police found KC McClanahan, 28, dead in the couple’s condominium, with multiple cuts to the front, back, and sides of her neck, as well as defensive wounds including carpet burns.

Detectives found no evidence that anyone else had gone into the building, or that a baby was involved, police said.

Police determined that the murder weapon was a small, sharp knife hidden in a nylon paracord bracelet that KC wore to use for her own protection.

The scene inside their condominium showed that she fought desperately for her life.

Anthony McClanahan was treated for minor injuries.

Police said an unknown person inside the condo building called 911 and reported seeing Anthony McClanahan crawling low to the ground through the building’s hallways, screaming for help.

The murder comes on the heels of the former professional football player’s arrest for child kidnapping on Oct. 3.

Police said that he took his eight-year-old son, from a previous relationship, from his Arizona school and traveled with him throughout Nevada and Utah.

He was arrested on Oct. 12, returned his son, and bonded out of jail. He rented the condo in the ski town of Park City a few days later.

Anthony McClanahan grew up in Bakersfield, Calif., and played collegiate football at Washington State University. He then played four years with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League in the mid-1990s.

In 1994, the Dallas Cowboys signed him and he participated in their training camp, but he never played in a game.

Heather Gauf, KC’s sister, said her sister had planned to leave her husband but wanted to help him get on his feet first. The couple had only been married since January.

Gauf said that his anger began to surface soon after the marriage, and was evident when he became frustrated about a missed donation and punched his wife.

She said he often referred to head injuries that he had received while playing football, but said that she had doubts about them causing his violence.

After the first time she was assaulted, KC left Anthony McClanahan and returned home to the state of Washington, but her husband continued to contact her.

She eventually went to Utah to help him with his son, who was trying out for a part in a Disney TV production. Her sister said she also stayed to help her husband get on his feet after being arrested.

Anthony McClanahan was arrested for his wife’s murder and remains in the Salt Lake City jail under no bond.

GinnyReed - November Sat, 2017


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