Monday, 23 September, 2019


Kawhi Leonard's sister charged with murder, says report

Sister of NBA star Kawhi Leonard held in robbery that left elderly woman dead after cracked skull: report NBA star Kawhi Leonard's sister charged with murdering elderly woman
Noah Ferguson | 10 September, 2019, 13:46

A relative of National Basketball Association star Kawhi Leonard has confirmed his sister is one of two women accused of robbing and killing an elderly woman at a Southern California casino.

Kimesha Monae Williams, 35, is being held without bail at the Indio (Calif) Correction Facility after the incident at Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula.

Denise Woodard, Williams aunt confirmed to the Riverside Press-Enterprise that the suspect is Leonard's sister, but emphasized that the National Basketball Association star did not have anything to do with the crime.

Williams is Leonard's sister.

Assad turned into transported to a local hospital with serious injuries which she later died from on September 4.

Assad and her 94-year-old husband were entering the Pechanga Resort Casino on August 31, deputies with the Riverside County Sheriff's Department said according to the Enterprise.

Both women were identified by investigators reviewing casino surveillance video as suspects in the beating death of Afaf Anis Assad, 84, of Long Beach, Sergeant Steve Brosche wrote in the report.

Leonard, whose basketball career took off at Martin Luther King High in Riverside, led the Toronto Raptors to an NBA championship earlier this year before signing with the L.A. Clippers.

Mark Leonard died outside his auto wash in Compton after he was shot multiple times on January 18, 2008, when the star forward was only 16.

According to a witness, the two women followed Assad to the bathroom and did the crime there. According to the Press-Enterprise, the Riverside County sheriff's investigator submitted a written request for Williams to be denied any bail due to her brother's financial resources. Williams was being held without bail and Townsel was being held in lieu of $1 million, NBC Los Angeles reported.

Jail records list Williams as 6-foot-2, 320 pounds, and Townsel as 5-4, 195 pounds.

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