The rape case involving superstar basketball player Derrick Rose just got a lot more complicated. On Tuesday (October 11), the LAPD detective who was leading the investigation was found dead in her California home. Early reports are suggesting that her death was the result of a suicide, although more will be known once the autopsy is completed.
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Via Huffington Post:
Nadine Hernandez, one of the LAPD detectives investigating sexual assault allegations against New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose, died Tuesday from a gunshot wound sustained at a home in Whittier, California. Hernandez, 44, was found at approximately 2:45 p.m. on Tuesday, after which she was transported to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead. A firearm was found by police at the scene.
Whittier police are investigating the death as a suicide and have found “no signs of foul play” as of yet, according to the police department’s website. But Lt. Steve Dean noted that the investigation is ongoing and that the department had not entirely ruled out the possibility of homicide, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Criminal charges have yet to be filed against Rose, but the former NBA MVP is in the middle of a civil trial over the allegation that he and two other men drugged and then sexually assaulted a former partner of Rose’s in August of 2013.
This development comes on the heels of the judge in the case refusing to declare a mistrial. As this story is still developing, expect things to get even more complicated for the basketball star.