Former NFL player Kevin Ware Jr. reportedly murdered his girlfriend and burned her remains, and now faces murder and tampering charges after leaving her body so burned it took authorities a year to identify her.
Ware, who previously played for the San Francisco 49ers and Washington Commanders, was initially a person of interest after his girlfriend, 29-year-old Taylor Pomaski, went missing in April 2021, according to the Houston Chronicle.
After a widespread search, her remains were finally found eight months later in a ditch in Harris County, Texas, in December, which police reported as severely burned.
Ware and his girlfriend were last seen getting into a heated argument at a party together before disappearing.
Pomaski was last seen at a party at her Texas home with Ware, 41, where witnesses said the two had gotten into a heated argument. He was never seen or heard from again, the Chronicle reports.
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Her body wasn’t positively identified until April 2022, a full year after it was found and almost two years after she disappeared, according to Fox 5 New York.
In June, Ware was arrested by US Marshals for an alleged bail violation before being indicted by a Harris County grand jury a month later for murder and tampering with evidence in Pomaski’s death.
He was transferred from Montgomery County to the Harris County Jail this week.
Ware is scheduled for her next court appearance on September 26. Prosecutors had requested that her bail be set at $1 million, however as of Friday no judgment has been issued regarding any type of bail.
He faces 15 years to life in prison if convicted.
The former NFL player had a criminal record spanning 20 years, including assault, robbery and drug charges.
Ware has a fairly extensive criminal history, spanning both before and after his football-playing days, per court and arrest records.
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In 2002, while a student at the University of Washington, Ware pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and received a suspended sentence, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
In 2010, he was charged in two separate incidents in Houston with robbery and evading arrest after an assault, the Chronicle reports.
Then, in December 2018, Ware was sentenced to two years in prison for attempting to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance, a first-degree felony.
On April 19, 2021, the same month his girlfriend disappeared, Ware was pulled over for speeding in Magnolia, Texas, with a car search that turned up cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana, and Xanax, along with an AK- 47 loaded and a loaded 9mm pistol.
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He was arrested and charged with two counts of Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance as well as Felonious Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, which is a third degree felony in Texas.
Ware was released from jail the next day after posting $23,000 bail, according to the Montgomery County Police Reporter.
The former NFL tight end played 11 games for the Washington Redskins in 2003 and five games for the San Francisco 49ers in 2004 before leaving the league in September of that year.
He played 16 total games as a professional football player and had four receptions and 26 receiving yards during his time in the NFL.