Ex-foot­ball player charged in wife’s death

The Maui News - - NEWS - By LIND­SAY WHITEHURST The As­so­ci­ated Press

SALT LAKE CITY — A for­mer pro­fes­sional foot­ball player sliced his wife’s neck and then crawled on the ground out­side their rented Utah con­do­minium be­fore flag­ging down a po­lice of­fi­cer, prose­cu­tors said in mur­der charges filed Mon­day.

The bloody scene in Park City in­di­cated that Keri “KC” McClana­han, 28, put up a des­per­ate strug­gle be­fore she was killed. The mur­der weapon was a small, sharp knife she’d worn sheathed in a ny­lon para­cord bracelet, charg­ing doc­u­ments state.

Po­lice found her husband, An­thony D. McClana­han, 46, cov­ered in blood and crawl­ing on his stom­ach out­side early in the morn­ing of Nov. 2. 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.

No at­tor­ney was listed for him in court records Mon­day.

An­thony McClana­han was treated for mi­nor in­juries. He orig­i­nally told of­fi­cers that he, his wife and baby had been at­tacked, but in­ves­ti­ga­tors found no ev­i­dence of any­one else go­ing into the condo or any baby at their place in the Park Re­gency.

His wife’s body was found in the con­do­minium he had rented af­ter some­one else at the build­ing called 911, say­ing they’d seen him crawl­ing through the hall­ways and call­ing for help. Keri McClana­han had suf­fered sev­eral cuts to the front, back and sides of her neck, as well as other de­fen­sive wounds and car­pet burns.

An­thony McClana­han was charged with child kid­nap­ping last month af­ter au­thor­i­ties said he took his 8-year-old son from a pre­vi­ous re­la­tion­ship from his Ari­zona school Oct. 3 and trav­eled with him to Utah.

He was ar­rested in Utah on Oct. 12 and bonded out of jail a week later.

He and his wife rented the condo in Park City a few days later, charg­ing doc­u­ments said.

Orig­i­nally from Bak­ers­field, Calif., An­thony McClana­han played four years with the Cal­gary Stam­ped­ers of the Cana­dian Foot­ball League in the mid-1990s af­ter a col­le­giate ca­reer at Wash­ing­ton State Univer­sity. He was in train­ing camp with the Dal­las Cow­boys of the NFL in 1994 but never played in a game.

Keri McClana­han had been planning to leave her husband but wanted to help him get on his feet first, said her sis­ter, Heather Gauf.

The cou­ple had met last year when he was work­ing as a per­sonal trainer in her home­town of Belling­ham, Wash., and he pushed for a fast wed­ding, Gauf said.

“It wor­ried me a lot,’” she said, but “he kind of had us fooled.”

Af­ter their wed­ding in Jan­uary, the McClana­hans moved to Ari­zona and be­gan trav­el­ing to vol­un­teer in hur­ri­cane-af­fected ar­eas.

But his jeal­ousy be­gan to emerge and, in Septem­ber, he got frus­trated about a missed do­na­tion and punched her, Gauf said. He’d some­times re­fer to the ef­fects of head in­juries he’d suf­fered dur­ing his foot­ball ca­reer, though Gauf doubts they were the root cause of the vi­o­lence.

Af­ter the punch, Keri McClana­han re­turned to Wash­ing­ton state, but her husband con­tin­ued to con­tact her.

An­thony McClana­han ended up in Utah be­cause he has fam­ily there and wanted his son to be an ex­tra in a Dis­ney TV pro­duc­tion, Gauf said.

Keri McClana­han even­tu­ally met him in Utah to help with his son, and stayed to help him get back on his feet, Gauf said.

“She’s such a sweet­heart,” said Gauf, who re­mem­bered her sis­ter, a mother of two, as an ad­ven­tur­ous, ath­letic woman with a great sense of hu­mor.

“He def­i­nitely dimmed her light so much and it was re­ally hard to watch,” she said.

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