Criminal Case Against Former G League Player: No Death Penalty Sought

Former G League player Chance Comanche, who is facing serious charges in connection to the murder of a woman near Las Vegas, received news that the state will not seek the death penalty if he is found guilty at trial. This update was confirmed by his lawyer, Gary L. Guymon, who expressed gratitude for the decision. Comanche, along with his former girlfriend Sakari Harnden, is also facing kidnapping charges in addition to murder charges. Both pleaded not guilty during a recent hearing, with the case now set for trial.

Joint Trial

It was revealed that Comanche and Harnden will be tried together, as they both face charges related to the disappearance and death of Marayna Rodgers. Rodgers, a medical assistant from Washington, was reportedly choked to death on December 6th, with her remains later discovered in a roadside ditch in suburban Henderson. The autopsy report confirmed that Rodgers’ death was a homicide due to asphyxia from strangulation. The upcoming court date will see the state scheduling the trial proceedings for the defendants.

Career Impact

Following his arrest, Comanche, a 6-foot-10 power forward and center, was released by Stockton, the NBA G League affiliate of the Sacramento Kings. This decision came after Comanche played in one NBA game for the Portland Trail Blazers, where he scored seven points and three rebounds in a significant loss to the Golden State Warriors. The abrupt end to his basketball career serves as a stark contrast to the serious legal troubles he now finds himself entangled in.

The legal proceedings involving Chance Comanche and his co-defendant are moving forward without the death penalty being pursued by the state. The upcoming joint trial will shed more light on the events surrounding Marayna Rodgers’ tragic death. As Comanche faces the consequences of his actions on and off the court, the outcome of the trial will determine the next chapter in this troubling saga.


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