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A Texas grand jury indicted the former on July 28 NFL player Kevin Ware41, for killing his girlfriend, 29-year-old Taylor Pomasky, and tampering with a corpse.
If convicted of murder, Ware faces 15 years to life in prison, according to Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg’s office in Texas.
“He was never brought to justice,” Pomaski’s mother, Leslie Mandeville, told Fox News Digital about Ware and his history of run-ins with the law before he was charged with her daughter’s murder.
She later added that she hoped Ware would spend “the rest of his life in prison” along with “anyone else involved” and that “all parties will be held accountable” in her daughter’s murder.
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Pomasky disappeared after a house party on April 25, 2021, but her remains were not found until May 2022.
When Mandeville first filed a missing persons report on May 9, 2021, she went to Ware’s home with police who were questioning the former NFL player to pick up her daughter’s dog. Mandeville said that was her only interaction with her daughter’s boyfriend, who was “nice” when they talked but was hesitant to give Pomasky the dog to her mother. In the end, Ware, Mandeville and police decided it was best to give the dog to the Pomaski family, Mandeville said.
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US Marshals Service Ver was arrested in June 2021 for breach of undertaking after he failed to appear for supervision earlier in the year. The arrest stemmed from a vehicle chase in which Ware was allegedly going over 115 miles per hour and was later found to be carrying weapons and drugs, the station reported.
Former member of Fr Washington football team and San Francisco 49ers remained in custody at the Montgomery County Jail without bond.
Ware is not the first former NFL player to be convicted of abuse or murder. While some experts point to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), or traumatic brain injury caused by repeated blows to the head, as part of the reasoning behind why some players commit heinous crimes, Mandeville says Ware had a long criminal history dating back to his football days. days when he lived in Washington state, as NBC Sports previously reported.
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At Pomaski’s funeral, a woman approached Mandeville, hugged her and said she had known Ware as a girl when they lived on the same street growing up.
“She said he tormented her throughout her childhood,” Mandeville said. “…She said: “This shouldn’t have happened. This should have been stopped many years ago.” And she went away and came back. She kept saying, “I’m so sorry. I am so sorry”.
“It didn’t just start,” Mandeville said of the alleged violence.
She described her daughter as “funny”, “happy” and “always in the center”. Pomaski loved “being with her friends and family” and always had something to do. She was interested in computer science, but worked at various odd jobs as she was still trying to find her professional niche.
Mandeville did not hear from her daughter for several weeks after the April 25 party where she was last seen. Mandeville decided to file a missing person report on May 9 because it was Mother’s Day and her father’s birthday, and she didn’t call her parents, which Mandeville said was unlike her daughter.
Pomasky’s ex-boyfriend also called her parents that day to inquire about their daughter, knowing they would also hear from her on May 9. Pomasky’s ex then told her parents that the 29-year-old had confessed to him that she was in an abusive relationship and was trying hard to get out. Mandeville was unsure of the extent of the abuse, but said she knew “nothing she would have done” would have deserved such treatment.
“He’s 6-3, 300 pounds. She’s 5-2, 100 pounds,” Mandeville said. “There was no reason for it.”
Mandeville said she knows the answer to how to ease the “guilt and shame” their loved ones feel when they are abused or have substance abuse.
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“Hopefully we can somehow find a way to… get rid of it. When you are a member of the family outside, it is very difficult. You don’t know what to do. She’s an adult, and you say, “Please, let’s get you out of there.” But they are not ready. And Taylor is the tragic side of that, where everything ends horribly,” she said.
Lacey Johnson, the lead prosecutor for the Harris County Serious Crimes Unit, which is handling the homicide case, said in a statement on July 28 that while “the investigation is ongoing into Taylor’s 2021 disappearance, the trial is just beginning,” and prosecutors are encouraged to ” anyone who knows what happened between Kevin and Taylor to come forward.”
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−7233 (SAFE).
Fox News’ Greg Norman contributed to this report.
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