LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) – A former NBA G League basketball player and his girlfriend have been indicted by a grand jury and will face a Clark County District Court jury trial in 2025.

Chance Comanche and Sakari Harnden are each charged with murder with the use of a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit murder, first-degree kidnapping with a deadly weapon and conspiracy to commit kidnapping following the 2023 death of Marayna Rodgers. Comanche ultimately led investigators to her body, which he said he had covered with rocks.

On March 28, the state announced that it will not seek the death penalty in the case. The defendants have entered pleas of not guilty to all charges.

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Comanche was a professional basketball player in the NBA G-League before he was released by the team following his arrest. According to Harnden’s arrest report, the two suspects began planning the murder of Rodgers at the end of November 2023 and eventually acted on their reported plot when Comanche’s team played in Las Vegas later that year.

Police secured a search warrant and also tracked the suspects’ movement through cell tower data, noting that the two suspects appeared to travel together from the hotel to a liquor store where they met the victim. Investigators reported that all three of their cell phones used the same tower simultaneously, which “would suggest to detectives that Sakari, Marayna and Chance were all traveling together in the same vehicle.”

Comanche and Harnden have a status check scheduled for July 3, and their trial is set to begin on March 10, 2025.


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