Former Notre Dame running back Cierre Wood going to trial on murder charge in Las Vegas
Former Notre Dame running back Cierre Wood is facing a first-degree murder charge in Las Vegas.
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the 28-year-old Wood has also been charged with 19 felony child abuse and neglect charges stemming from the death of Wood’s girlfriend’s 5-year-old daughter.
A judge said that testimony from a detective, firefighter and medical examiner convinced her that Wood and the child’s mother’s actions caused the death of La’Rayah Davis.
Davis was allegedly found with various contusions and broken ribs, which led investigators to rule the death as a homicide.
The girl had at least 50 bruises on her body according to testimony from Stephen Palenske, a Las Vegas fire captain.
Wood’s girlfriend Amy Taylor is also being charged with first-degree murder.
Wood played three years at Notre Dame with his best season coming in 2011 when he rushed for 1,102 yards and nine touchdowns.
He was a member of the Fighting Irish team that went undefeated in 2012 before losing to Alabama in the national championship game.
He would go undrafted by the NFL, but spent time with four different teams before moving to the Canadian Football League.
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