A former NBA G League player has reportedly admitted to fatally strangling a woman whose remains were found earlier this month near Las Vegas, according to court records obtained Wednesday.
Chance Comanche, 27, was arrested last week in Sacramento, California, where he described to Las Vegas detectives the alleged killing of Marayna Rodgers, 23, according to a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department affidavit.
“I cannot comment on the substance of any statements made to law enforcement,” Comanche's attorney, Michael Goldstein, said Wednesday. “We made our initial appearance yesterday and the charges will be heard in court.”
The basketball player, who is being held without bond, appeared in a Sacramento County court on Tuesday and agreed not to fight being taken into custody in Nevada, where authorities said he will face murder and conspiracy to commit murder charges.
“We'll let the courts deal with that,” Goldstein told reporters outside court. “We're going to deal with it in Nevada.”
Comanche's ex-girlfriend Sakari Harnden, 19, also faces charges in Rodgers' death, police said. He is being held without bond in a Las Vegas jail.
Anna Clark, a Clark County deputy public defender representing Harden, declined to comment Wednesday on the case.
Rogers, a physician from Washington state, was reported missing Dec. 7 during a trip to Las Vegas to visit friends. Her remains were later found in the Vegas suburb of Henderson.
According to the affidavit, Comanche and Harnden worked together to strangle Rodgers in the early morning hours of Dec. 6.
Police said Harden and Rogers were both sex workers and that Harden had an ongoing dispute with Rogers over an expensive watch.
According to the affidavit, the plot called for Comanche to pose as a sex client who would tie Rodgers' hands behind her back. Comanche then used a cord while Harnden used both of her hands to choke Rodgers, the affidavit said.
Once Rodgers died, police said, Comanche and Harnden dumped her body in a ditch on the side of a road.
Prior to his arrest, Comanche played for the Stockton Kings, the NBA G League affiliate of the Sacramento Kings, and averaged 14 points and seven rebounds in 13 games.
Comanche, a 6-foot-10 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 just one game.
Sacramento signed Comanche in October, but waived him 10 days later, when he joined Stockton.