Mother of NFL player Kevin Ware’s murdered girlfriend demands justice: ‘He was never held accountable’

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A Texas grand jury on July 28 indicted the former Kevin Ware, NFL player41, for the murder of his girlfriend, Taylor Pomaski, 29, as well as for tampering with a corpse.

If convicted of murder, Ware faces 15 years to life in prison, according to Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg’s office in Texas.

“He was never held accountable,” Pomaski’s mother, Leslie Mandeville, told Fox News Digital of Ware and his run-ins with the law before he was charged with killing her daughter. .

She later added that she hopes Ware will spend “the rest of his life in jail”, along with “everyone else involved” and that “all parties are held accountable” in the case of her daughter’s murder.


Former NFL player Kevin Ware has been charged with murder and tampering with a corpse in connection with the death of his girlfriend, Taylor Pomaski.
(Leslie Mandeville)

Pomaski disappeared following a house party on April 25, 2021, but his remains were not discovered until May 2022.

When Mandeville originally filed a missing person report on May 9, 2021, she went to Ware’s home with police, who were questioning the former NFL player, to retrieve her daughter’s dog. Mandeville said it was her one and only interaction with her daughter’s boyfriend, who was “nice” when they spoke but was hesitant to hand over Pomaski’s dog to her mother. Eventually, Ware, Mandeville and the police decided it was best to give the dog to Pomaski’s family, Mandeville said.


The US Marshals Service arrested Ware in June 2021 on a bail violation after he failed to show up for supervision earlier in the year. The arrest involved a vehicle chase in which Ware allegedly drove more than 185 km/h and was later discovered carrying weapons and drugs, the station reported.

The former member of Washington football team and the San Francisco 49ers remained in custody in the Montgomery County Jail without bond.

The US Marshals Service arrested Ware in June 2021 for breaching bail after he failed to show up for surveillance earlier in the year

The US Marshals Service arrested Ware in June 2021 for breaching bail after he failed to show up for surveillance earlier in the year
(Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office)

Ware is not the first former NFL player convicted of abuse or murder. While some experts have pointed to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), or brain trauma inflicted by repeated blows to the head, as part of the reasoning behind why some players commit horrific crimes, Mandeville says Ware has a long history. criminal dating back to his football days when he lived in Washington state, as NBC Sports previously reported.


At Pomaski’s funeral, a woman came to Mandeville, hugged her, and told her she knew Ware as a girl when they lived on the same street growing up.

“She said he tormented her, all of her childhood,” Mandeville said. “…She was like, ‘This should never have happened. This should have been stopped years ago. And she went away and came back. She kept saying, ‘I’m so sorry. I’m so sorry.'”

Taylor Pomaski disappeared between April 2021 and May 2022, when her remains were found in Texas.

Taylor Pomaski disappeared between April 2021 and May 2022, when her remains were found in Texas.
(Leslie Mandeville)

“It hasn’t just started,” Mandeville said of the alleged abuse.

She described her daughter as “funny”, “happy” and “in the spotlight, all the time”. Pomaski loved “being with friends and family” and always had something to do. She was interested in computers but had worked various odd jobs, as she was still trying to find her professional niche.

Mandeville had not heard from his daughter for a few weeks since the April 25 party when she was last seen. Mandeville decided to file the missing persons report on May 9 because it was Mother’s Day and her father’s birthday, and she hadn’t called her parents, which Mandeville said was different from her daughter.

Pomaski’s ex-boyfriend also called her parents that day to inquire about their daughter, as he knew they would have heard from her on May 9 as well. Pomaski’s ex then informed his parents that the 29-year-old had confessed to him that she had been in an abusive relationship and had struggled to get out of it. Mandeville isn’t sure of the extent of the abuse, but she said she knew “nothing she did” would have made her deserve such treatment.

Leslie Mandeville described her late daughter Taylor Pomaski as “happy”, “fun” and “front and center all the time”.
(Leslie Mandeville)

“He’s 6-foot-3 and 300 pounds. She’s 5-foot-2 and 100 pounds,” Mandeville said. “There was no reason for this to happen.”

Mandeville said she knows what the response is to lessen the “guilt and shame” their loved ones feel when they are abused or addicted.


“Hopefully we can somehow find a way to… take that away. When you’re the family member on the outside, it’s very difficult. You don’t know what to do. She’s an adult, and you say, ‘Please, we’ll get you out of here.’ But they’re not ready. And Taylor is the tragic side of it all, where it ends terribly.” she said.

Lacy Johnson, chief prosecutor for the Harris County Serious Offender Division handling the murder case, said in a July 28 statement that while “the investigation continues since Taylor’s disappearance in 2021, the legal process is just beginning, “and the DA’s office encourages “anyone with knowledge of what happened between Kevin and Taylor to come forward.”

If you or someone you know is suffering from domestic violence, please contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−7233 (SAFE).

Fox News’ Greg Norman contributed to this report.

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