LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) – The NBA G League player accused of kidnapping and murdering a woman in Las Vegas last year is now asking for financial aid from the court.

During a court hearing on Jan. 29, a motion was heard by Judge Amy Chelini asking for public funds to be made available to assist Chance Comanche, 27, in covering attorney costs. According to the motion, Comanche’s attorney, Gary Guymon, claims that he has spent “all of his and his family’s funds to hire counsel.”

“He has no assets, no income, and is currently housed in Clark County Detention Center,” the motion reads. “He is being charged with crimes that have life sentences as a possibility and needs funds to aid in his defense.”

After the state raised no objections, the motion was granted by Judge Chelini.

Comanche is accused of kidnapping and murdering a woman in early December 2023 alongside his girlfriend, 19-year-old Sakari Harnden, who is also in custody.

The victim, Marayna Rodgers, initially went missing on Dec. 6, 2023 after her boyfriend dropped her off with some friends around 1:15 a.m., according to an arrest report. He said her last pinged location was on the southwest edge of the Las Vegas Valley around two hours later, and she was never heard from again.

“The friend that I dropped her off with is someone that we’ve known for a good amount of time, about 6, 7 years of our life,” said Comer. “I should’ve been there with her. I shouldn’t have left my friend.”

Harnden was arrested in Las Vegas on Dec. 13, 2023, and Comanche was taken into custody in Sacramento, Cali. on Dec. 15, 2023.

Comanche, who played with the Stockton Kings, the Sacramento Kings’ G League affiliate, was released from the team following his murder. According to G League stats, Comanche was on the court at the Dollar Loan Center in Henderson on Dec. 5 when the Kings took on the Henderson Ignite.

Comanche is facing charges of open murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and first-degree kidnapping.

He is due back in court for a preliminary hearing on Thursday, March 14.


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