Cops paint grisly pic­ture in death of ex-Stamp’s wife:

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For­mer Cal­gary Stam­ped­ers line­backer An­thony McClana­han has been for­mally charged with mur­der­ing his wife, who in­ves­ti­ga­tors say was bru­tally killed with a small bracelet knife in the cou­ple’s Utah home.

The 46-year-old was iden­ti­fied as the chief sus­pect shortly af­ter the blood­ied body of 29-year-old Keri ‘KC’ McClana­han was dis­cov­ered in Park City, Utah, in the early morn­ing hours of Nov. 2.

Ac­cord­ing to charg­ing doc­u­ments from the Sum­mit County At­tor­ney’s Of­fice, an of­fi­cer pa­trolling the area at about 1:30 a.m. came upon the for­mer Stam­peder, known at the time for his vi­brant per­son­al­ity and colour­ful hair­dos, al­legedly crawl­ing on the ground near his home be­fore stand­ing to wave down the po­lice cruiser. He sub­se­quently col­lapsed, con­vuls­ing and mak­ing a “snow an­gel” mo­tion with his arms.

“He told (the of­fi­cer) that he, his wife, and his baby, were at­tacked by two or three men, but did not give his wife’s name or lo­ca­tion, even when asked mul­ti­ple times,” the charg­ing doc­u­ments, re­leased Mon­day, state.

“McClana­han was bleed­ing and had lac­er­a­tions on his face, neck, wrist, arms and torso. There was blood on his bare feet.”

Min­utes be­fore McClana­han flagged down the pass­ing of­fi­cer, a 911 call re­ported a man “army crawl­ing” through the sec­ond and third floors of the Park Re­gency con­do­mini­ums call­ing for help.

In­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cers soon ar­rived at Suite 332, dis­cov­er­ing the door ajar and blood cov­er­ing both the door and floor. Upon en­try, the body of McClana­han’s wife was found with slash wounds to her neck as well as de­fen­sive wounds. Found on the floor near the vic­tim’s hands was a small Para­cord bracelet knife, de­ter­mined by the Med­i­cal Ex­am­iner to be con­sis­tent with the blade that caused the in­juries, the doc­u­ments said.

“One man­ner of death was de­ter­mined to be sharp force in­juries of the neck,” read the re­port, which noted Keri McClana­han was known by fam­ily to wear a bracelet knife.

McClana­han, who played with the Stam­ped­ers be­tween 1995 and ’98 af­ter a short stint with the Dal­las Cow­boys, was a mem­ber of the squad that won the ’98 Grey Cup, though he was in­jured mid­way through the sea­son.

Last month, McClana­han was charged with kid­nap­ping for al­legedly snatch­ing his eight-year-old son from his Mari­copa County, Ariz., school, an act he later at­trib­uted in a since deleted on­line video to brain in­juries he sus­tained dur­ing his foot­ball ca­reer. “I work non-stop be­cause I’m scared to go to sleep at night, be­cause when I go to sleep my head hurts — and I feel like I wanna at­tack an­other quar­ter­back,” he said in the video af­ter of­fer­ing an apol­ogy to “any­one I hurt.”

“Be­cause of how my health is right now, I can’t take care of my son phys­i­cally, and I’ll need peo­ple to take care of me.”

The court doc­u­ments said footage from se­cu­rity cam­eras didn’t show any­body match­ing the de­scrip­tions of McClana­han’s al­leged as­sailants in the hours be­fore or af­ter the in­ci­dent, and there were no signs of forced en­try into the suite.

A se­ries of phone calls and texts were also made from the home in the hours be­fore her death, the doc­u­ments al­lege.

The state has re­quested McClana­han be held with­out bail un­til trial and are ex­pected to “pur­sue a dan­ger­ous weapon en­hance­ment” when the case goes to trial.



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