Los Angeles Clippers superstar Kawhi Leonard is the brother of one of the alleged murderers of an 84-year-old woman in Temecula this past week according to The Press-Enterprise. Leonard’s 35-year-old sister Kimesha Williams is reportedly currently being held at Indio Correction Facility.
Clippers superstar forward Kawhi Leonard is the brother of one of the defendants accused of murdering and robbing an 84-year-old woman at Pechanga Resort Casino, Leonard’s family confirmed on Saturday, Sept. 7.
One of Leonard’s sisters, Kimesha Monae Williams, 35, is being held without bail at Indio Correction Facility. Authorities say that on Aug. 31, Williams and Candace Tai Townsel, 39, followed Afaf Anis Assad, 84, of Long Beach, into a bathroom at the Casino near Temecula, broke her skull and stole her purse. Assad died Sept. 4…
Williams and Townsel are accused of stealing Assad’s purse, which was estimated to have $800-$1,200 inside, the sheriff’s investigator said. Townsel is also being held without bail. They are due to be arraigned Sept. 19.
Important to take away from this situation, Kawhi Leonard was not involved in any way and has not been accused of any crime. However, Leonard’s standing as a professional athlete did have an impact on Williams’ bail amount.
In fact, it had much more than just a minor impact on how things shook out. Williams is currently being held without bail in California due to Kawhi Leonard and the family’s wealth of financial resources.
When a Riverside County sheriff’s investigator filed a written request with a judge to eliminate any chance that Williams could post bail, the family’s financial resources were a concern.
“Williams has family that are well off and could post her bail of $1,000,000,” the investigator wrote. “I am requesting NO BAIL to assure Williams’ appearance in court and to keep innocent victims safe.”
John Hall, a spokesman for the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office, would not say Saturday whether the investigator was referencing Leonard’s contract.
“Williams has a violent history and targeted a feeble elderly female and robbed her,” the investigator wrote.
Of course, Leonard signed a lucrative three-year, $103 million deal with the Clippers earlier this summer. Williams’ arraignment is currently scheduled for Sep. 19.