Former NBA referee Troy Raymond committed suicide the same day police discovered his wife’s dead body, according to the several reports.
The Associated Press reports Raymond, 46, who last served as a college basketball referee, shot and killed himself just hours after police learned Leslie Anderson Raymond was “strangled to death” in their home in Houston, Texas.
Troy Raymond’s body was found in a Westwego hotel room in Jefferson Parrish, New Orleans. The parish coroner’s office said he had shot himself once in the head, according to the AP.
Police told CBSSports.com that Raymond was considered a “person of interest” in his wife’s homicide. AP reports that Raymond’s sister, Aqucinette Matthews, told Jefferson Parish investigators that the two were suffering from “marital problems” and “needed to split up.”
Montgomery County constable Tim Holifield told AP that speculation to connect their deaths or consider Troy as a suspect in Leslie’s murder is premature.
“At this point, to call him anything other than a person of interest post-mortem would be unfair and improper,” Holifield stated.
According to USAToday.com, Raymond served one season as an NBA referee in 2003 before being fired in 2004 for lying on his resume that he was a member of the University of Colorado’s 1990 national champion football team. He was reported to have refereed games for the Southland and Sun Belt conferences in 2010-‘11.