Athletes who kill

While very little is clear about the shocking Steenkamp/Pistorius case, we look at sports stars who have killed.

Jayson Williams
A former NBA player, Jayson Williams has been released after serving a six-year prison sentence for shooting and killing a limo driver. The story goes that Jayson was showing off his shotgun to guests at his home when he accidentally fired the weapon and killed the limo driver, Costas "Gus" Christofi.

Leonard Little
Leonard crashed into and killed Susan Gutweiler after leaving a birthday party in 1998. When tested, his blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit. The footballer received 4 years probation and 1000 hours of community service.

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter
A professional boxer from 1961 to 1966, Rubin was arrested for a triple murder homicide in New Jersey. In June 1966, two males entered the Lafayette Bar and Grill and opened fire. Two patrons were killed instantly, a third died a month later, and a fourth survived despite being shot in the head. Two of the victims both said the shooters were black but neither identified Carter or his co-accused, John Artis.

Both Rubin and John were tried and convicted twice for the murders – after the first verdict was overturned. On both occasions, Carter was ordered to serve two life sentences. In 1985, a federal judge released the pair after finding that the case against them was based on "racism, rather than reason".

Bruce Kimball
A silver medallist diver and coach, Bruce drove into a crowd of teenagers while drunk in 1988. He pleaded guilty to 2 counts vehicular manslaughter and was sentenced to 17 years in prison. He was released on 24 November 1993, after serving less than five. His driving privileges were also permanently revoked.

Chris Benoit
The former professional wrestler murdered his wife and seven-year-old son before hanging himself in a brutal murder-suicide in 2007. After his death, there was much speculation that the 40-year-old had experienced 'roid rage' from years of steroid abuse and/or brain damage from multiple concussions. It was later revealed, after various tests, that Chris did, in fact, suffer from chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

O.J Simpson
Probably one of the most famous cases on this list, O.J Simpson is also the only one who wasn’t convicted of murder. The American footballer was arrested for the murder of his wife Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman. O.J. was acquitted a year later in a highly publicised case. In 2007, he was arrested for leading a group in an armed robbery. He was convicted of armed robbery and kidnapping in 2008, and is currently serving a 33-year prison sentence. After wanting to publish a memoir on the murder called “If I did it…” even his most loyal fans believe O.J was guilty of killing his wife and the lack of conviction is widely accepted as a miscarriage of justice. O.J. is eligible for parole in 2017.



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