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UPDATE: Suspect in Murder of Former UK Basketball Player Waives Extradition

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 9/1112 @ 10 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The Columbus, Ohio man arrested in Huntington for the murder of a former UK basketball player has waived extradition back to Ohio.

Richard Willis, 36, of Columbus, was arrested on a fugitive from justice warrant at a residence in Northcott Court on Friday.

Columbus Police say he shot and killed Desmond Allison in July 2011. Allison played at UK from 1998 to 2000.

Willis had been living in Huntington for some time under the name of Raheem Willoughby.

Tuesday, during a hearing in Cabell County Circuit Court, Willis waived extradition back to Columbus. Columbus Police are expected to pickup him up later Tuesday or on Wednesday.

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UPDATE 9/7/12 @ 1:06 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The man wanted in connection with the murder of a former UK basketball player has been arrested in Huntington.

According to Huntington Police, Richard Willis, 36, of Columbus, was arrested at a residence in Northcott Court about Noon Friday.

Willis was wanted by Columbus Police in connection with the murder of Desmond Allison. Willis was arrested on a fugitive from justice charge.

Police used a bullhorn to talk Willis out of the apartment. He was arrested without incident. Two other people in the apartment were taken into custody.

Police say Willis had been living in Huntington for some time under the name of Raheem Willoughby.

Allison played at UK from 1998 to 2000.

Allison and Malcolm Goff were shot multiple times outside an apartment complex in Columbus on July 26, 2011. Authorities say the shooting was the result of an argument the two got into with several other people.

Allison died at a local hospital. He was 31-years-old.

Goff was treated and released.

HPD's SWAT assisted in capturing Willis.

"We're fortunate to have an experienced SWAT team like we do" Huntington Police Chief Skip Holbrook said. "The result is no one gets hurt."

Following his arrest, Willis was arraigned in Cabell County Magistrate Court. An extradition hearing is expected to be held for Willis next week.

The two other people arrested were 30-year-old Germaine Glass of Columbus, Ohio, and 45-year-old Maurice Johnson who lived in the apartment where Willis was located.

Both men were charged with felony Accessory after the Fact.

Police say the Glass actually traveled with Willis from Columbus to Huntington. They also say he knew Willis was wanted for murder.

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UPDATE 7/26/11 @ 10:15 p.m.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The uncle of a former University of Kentucky basketball player shot to death in Ohio is asking whoever fired the gun to go to police.

While being interviewed by WSYX-TV of Columbus, Desmond Allison's uncle, Brock Allison, tells the unknown assailant, "turn yourself in; be a better person."

Columbus Police Sgt. Rich Weiner on Tuesday said no arrests have been made in Allison's death and the wounding of another man, Malcolm Goff, outside an apartment complex.

Authorities say the men were shot multiple times about 4 p.m. Monday after becoming involved in an argument with several people. The 31-year-old Allison died at a local hospital. Thirty-six-year-old Goff was treated and released.

Allison played at Kentucky from 1998-2000. In his last season he averaged 8.9 points per game and 4.4 rebounds.



ORIGINAL STORY 7/26/11 @ 11:30 a.m.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A former University of Kentucky basketball player has been shot to death in Columbus, Ohio.

Police say 31-year-old Desmond Allison and another man were sitting along Maryland Avenue when a group of people approached them and started fighting.

Both men were shot several times and Allison died from his injuries. The other man was treated at a local hospital and released.

Allison played for U.K. from 1998 until 2000 when he was dismissed from the team.


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