Former High School Football Coach Charged with Murder of Girlfriend in Maryland

Former High School Football Coach Charged with Murder of Girlfriend in Maryland

Recent news out of Maryland has shocked the community, as a Georgia man has been charged with the murder of his girlfriend. Carl Kearney Jr., a former high school football coach, confessed to strangling his girlfriend to death, according to officials.

Kearney, 43, is facing first- and second-degree murder charges in the killing of 38-year-old Patrina Best. The tragic incident occurred during an argument at Best's home in Maryland over the weekend. Kearney admitted to the crime at a police station in Clinton after initially driving to Virginia.

Upon police arrival at the scene, Best was found unresponsive in the basement and was pronounced dead. The State’s Attorney for Prince George’s County, Aisha Braveboy, described the relationship between Kearney and Best as "on and off again."

Authorities emphasized the seriousness of domestic violence, highlighting strangulation as one of the most heinous forms. Kearney's actions have left Best's family devastated, with Braveboy expressing sympathy for their loss.

Kearney, who coached football at Spalding High School in Georgia, is currently being held without bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 18, as the legal process unfolds to seek justice for Best and her loved ones.

As we reflect on this tragic event, it serves as a stark reminder of the importance of addressing domestic violence and supporting those affected by such heinous acts. Our thoughts are with the victim's family and friends during this difficult time.

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