A former NFL player stabbed, bludgeoned, and strangled his ex-girlfriend, then burned her body and dumped the corpse in a ditch, according to newly-released court documents.
On July 28, Harris County District Attorney's Office announced that Kevin Ware Jr. – a former tight end for the San Francisco 49ers and the Washington Commanders – was charged with murder and tampering with a corpse for the death of Taylor Pomaski.
Pomaski, 29, went missing on April 25, 2021, after a party at her Texas home.
Pomaski's family grew suspicious when Taylor didn't talk to them on Mother's Day.
Stephen Pomaski – Taylor's father – told KTRK-TV, "It kind of hit us early in the day. We haven't heard from her in a week and a half, two weeks at this point."
In December 2021, a body was discovered in a ditch in northern Harris County in Texas – which encompasses Houston. The corpse was so damaged that it took until April 29, 2022, to identify the skeletal remains as Taylor Pomaski.
Court documents say Ware cut Pomaski with a knife, strangled her, beat her with a blunt object, and then burned her corpse.
The Houston Chronicle reported, "Investigators believe a former NFL athlete killed his girlfriend in 2021 by stabbing, hitting and strangling her before dumping her body in a north Harris County ditch, according to newly-available court records."
The outlet added, "The investigation revealed that Ware used a fourth, unknown way to cause Pomaski's death but that could not be determined before a grand jury."
The toxicology report and the primary cause of death in the crime have yet to be released by the medical examiner.
In June 2021, Ware was arrested by U.S. Marshals for reported bond violations stemming from a 2019 arrest that happened less than a week before Pomaski's disappearance.
In April 2019, Ware was allegedly pulled over for speeding 115 mph and caught with a loaded AK-47 and handgun, plus cocaine and marijuana along with methamphetamines, according to the Montgomery County Police Reporter. The former football player was charged with two counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and unlawfully possessing a firearm as a felon a third-degree felony.
Ware was transferred to the Harris County Jail on Wednesday. His next hearing on the murder charge is scheduled for Sept. 26. Ware, 42, faces 15 years to life if convicted.
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