G League Player and Girlfriend Arrested in Killing of Woman Found Dead Near Las Vegas

G League Player and Girlfriend Arrested in Killing of Woman Found Dead Near Las Vegas

Sacramento Kings center Chance Comanche poses during the NBA basketball team's media day in Sacramento, Calif., on Oct. 2, 2023. (José Luis Villegas/AP Photo)

The Associated Press
The Associated Press


Updated: 12/19/2023


LAS VEGAS—A player with the Sacramento Kings’ G League affiliate and his girlfriend have been arrested in the killing of a woman whose remains were found earlier this month near Las Vegas, authorities said.
Chance Comanche, 27, and Sakari Harnden, 19, face charges of murder and kidnapping in the killing of 23-year-old Marayna Rodgers, Las Vegas police announced Sunday.
Rodgers was reported missing on Dec. 7 and her remains were later found in the Las Vegas suburb of Henderson, police said.
Authorities have not released a cause of death or discussed a possible motive, but police said investigators suspected foul play and obtained evidence to arrest Ms. Harnden and Mr. Comanche.
Police said Ms. Harnden was a friend of Rodgers, who was a medical assistant from Washington state.
According to police, Rodgers was out with friends in Las Vegas on Dec. 5 and had a prearranged meeting with Ms. Harnden, who brought Mr. Comanche with her.
Ms. Harnden was arrested Wednesday in Las Vegas and was being held without bail. Clark County Public Defender Marissa Pensabene said Monday in an email that she had no comment on Harnden’s behalf.
Mr. Comanche was taken into custody Friday by the FBI in Sacramento, California, and was being held without bond. Police say he is awaiting extradition to Nevada and is scheduled to appear Tuesday in a Sacramento court. A lawyer for Comanche was not listed Monday in court records.
The prosecutor’s office in Clark County, Nevada, didn’t immediately respond to a message seeking further information. And the public defenders’ offices in Las Vegas and Sacramento didn’t immediately reply to Monday phone messages asking whether either was representing Comanche.
Mr. Comanche had been playing for the Stockton (California) Kings, the NBA G League affiliate of the Sacramento Kings, and averaged 14 points and seven rebounds in 13 games.
Mr. Comanche, a power forward and center, played college basketball at the University of Arizona from 2015-17 before declaring for the NBA draft.
He went undrafted and signed a free-agent contract with the Portland Trail Blazers last April but played only one game.
Sacramento signed Mr. Comanche in October but waived him 10 days later, at which point he joined Stockton.
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