June 12, 1996 in Sports

Grand Jury Accuses Ex-Rams Player Henley In Murder Conspiracy

Compiled From Wire Services
 

A federal grand jury Tuesday accused former Los Angeles Rams cornerback Darryl Henley of conspiring to murder the judge who convicted him of smuggling cocaine and the cheerleader girlfriend who testified against him.

Henley, 29, was accused of trying to put together cocaine and heroin deals from his jail cell in order to finance the contract killings for $100,000 apiece. He and three others were named in the 13-count indictment.

Rodney Anderson, a 29-year-old guard at the Los Angeles Metropolitan Detention Center, was charged as a conspirator in the murder and drug deals.

Jimmy Washington of Los Angeles and Eric Henley of Waco, Texas, Darryl’s younger brother, were charged in the drug conspiracy only. Washington is 49; the younger Henley is 26.

Darryl Henley is awaiting sentencing for cocaine smuggling.

Tracy Ann Donoho, his lover and Rams cheerleader, told the jury he recruited her to carry 25 pounds of cocaine to Atlanta, where she was arrested in July 1993. Henley was convicted in that case in March 1995.

Between April 23 and May 7, Henley and Washington tried to put together a 25-pound cocaine deal, then started negotiating a heroin deal when that fell through, the indictment alleges.

The suppliers in both deals were undercover agents, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

Anderson smuggled a cellular phone to Henley and originally agreed to kill Donoho and another witness, but Henley changed his mind, the indictment claims.

Instead, he arranged with an undercover agent to kill Donoho and U.S. District Judge Gary Taylor, according to the charges.

A Dallas judge refused to throw out Cowboys receiver Michael Irvin’s indictment on felony drug possession.

Cincinnati Bengals receiver Darnay Scott pleaded innocent in San Diego Municipal Court to four firearms charges.

Tampa Stadium, the unique-shaped venue that NFL fans refer to as “The Big Sombrero,” is getting another name.

The 29-year-old home of football’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers and soccer’s Tampa Bay Mutiny will be renamed Houlihan’s Stadium after a restaurant chain run by Bucs owner Malcolm Glazer.


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