Afaf Anis Assad died on Wednesday after being attacked at the Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula over Labour Day weekend, police said.
Kimesha Williams, 35, is one of two women who’s been charged with first-degree murder and robbery in the incident, a spokesman for the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department told the Los Angeles Times.
The spokesman would not comment on Williams’ connection with Leonard but the Riverside Press-Enterprise said a relative of the 28-year-old NBA star confirmed the pair were brother and sister.
According to court documents, surveillance footage showed Williams and 39-year-old Candace Townsel following Assad into a casino bathroom on the morning of Aug. 31. The two women exited the bathroom minutes later and left the premises; an unconscious Assad was found by a witness ― her skull broken and her purse, which had about $1,000 inside, missing.
Investigators described Williams in court documents as having “a violent history,” the Press-Enterprise said.
The outlet added that Williams has been convicted of numerous crimes in the past including petty theft, grand theft auto and attempted robbery.
Williams is currently being held without bail at the Indio Jail, the LA Times reported.
Williams’ bail had initially been set at $1 million, but a sheriff’s investigator filed a request with a judge to hold her without bail because of concerns that she might flee. She “has family that are well-off and could post her bail,” the investigator wrote.
Leonard, who signed a three-year, $103 million deal with the Clippers in July after securing the Raptors’ first-ever championship win, was not mentioned in the court documents.
The NBA player has not publicly commented on the arrest.
With files from Maija Kappler