2nd person charged in killing of ex-Villanova star Howard Porter Print
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Thursday, 06 September 2007 13:47
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 MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -A prostitute who was with former Villanova basketball star Howard Porter on the night he was beaten aided and abetted his killing, according to a criminal complaint released Thursday.
Porter, 58, died May 26, a week after he was found unconscious in a Minneapolis alley.
Tonya Evette Johnson, 33, is charged with second-degree murder for her role in Porter's death. She told authorities that she was walking near her St. Paul apartment when she approached Porter for a ``date.'' Johnson said she brought Porter to her apartment to exchange sex for money and crack cocaine when four masked men rushed in and beat him, according to the complaint.
Johnson told police she knew one of the men was Rashad Arthur Raleigh, 29, who has been charged with second-degree murder. The investigation is ongoing.
Porter disappeared the night of May 18 after leaving his St. Paul home. He was found in Minneapolis the next morning, badly injured and without identification. Authorities didn't know at the time that the assault victim brought to the hospital was Porter, and he remained hospitalized until he died. His car was found in St. Paul.
According to the complaint, Johnson, also known as Tonya Evette Jones, told authorities in a Sept. 4 interview that she believes the door to her residence was locked and that Raleigh had a key. Johnson also said she cleaned up Porter's blood in the apartment after the beating.
In a phone call at the residence on May 23, Johnson is recorded as saying she wasn't ``losing any sleep or getting any gray hair'' over Porter's death. She also used expletives and said she didn't care about it.
The complaint said Johnson admitted it was her voice on the recording, but denied that she was talking about Porter's beating and death.
In a series of recorded calls, the complaint said, Raleigh told a caller from the Ramsey County Workhouse that Porter had ``rushed'' him and ``didn't go along with the program.'' Raleigh allegedly said that he robbed Porter because he needed money, but that Johnson had come up with the idea.
dealing with an agent before the season ended.
Porter was drafted 32nd overall by the Chicago Bulls in 1971 and played seven professional seasons, including stints with Detroit and New York, but never achieved the success he had in college.
He became addicted to drugs and came to Minnesota for treatment. He decided to stay and became a probation officer for Ramsey County in 1995. Those who worked with Porter said he often used his past struggle with drugs to show his probation clients that they, too, could turn their lives around.
The complaint said an autopsy showed no drugs in Porter's blood when he died.
``That is good news,'' said Chris Crutchfield, spokesman for Ramsey County Community Corrections. ``Again, we want to stay focused on catching the people who did this. It's even better news that (authorities) have made another arrest.''
 

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