14 celebrities who were charged with murder

14 celebrities who were charged with murder

There are many celebrities and famous people killed someone, which might have occurred because they were involved in a tragic accident, while others murdered in cold blood.

Sometimes, the fame and stardom can get to your head and cloud your judgment. And it has driven some celebrities to commit heinous crimes. And it turns out that your favorite celebrity might have transitioned from a superstar to a famous killer. Celebrities spend millions of dollars on lavish houses, exotic vacations, or expensive cars, but in some cases, their expenditure also involves spending money to stay out of prison– for murder.

However unbelievable it may be, there are many celebrities and famous people who have killed someone or a death might have occurred because they were involved in a tragic accident.

It is surprising that there are celebrities who have been charged with a variable degree of murder. Politicians, Musicians, athletes, actors, and actresses have been charged with homicide. Well, some got acquitted, pled guilty for a lesser sentence and others were sentenced for life. So, here is a list that might surprise you, of celebrities who were charged with murder.

Your favorite celebrity might have transitioned from superstar to famous killer (Pixabay)
Your favorite celebrity might have transitioned from superstar to famous killer (Pixabay)

1. Venus Williams (Tennis player, Entrepreneur, Writer)

Venus Williams (Clive Mason for Getty)
Venus Williams (Clive Mason for Getty)

In June 2017, the tennis star Venus Williams was involved in a tragic car accident, which resulted in the death of a man. She was driving in Palm Beach Garden, Florida when she rushed into an intersection and was T-boned by another car. The 78-year-old man was rushed to an ICU and died two weeks later.

2. Caitlyn Jenner (Public speaker, Socialite, Businessperson, Actor, Athlete)

Caitlyn Jenner (Dia Dipasupil for Getty)
Caitlyn Jenner (Dia Dipasupil for Getty)

In February 2015, the Olympic champion and the reality TV star was involved in a fatal car accident on the Malibu stretch of PCH. Eye-witnesses claim that Jenner’s SUV rear-ended a white car, which zipped into the oncoming traffic on impact. The white car was then struck by a hummer causing the death of the driver and injuring seven other civilians, but Jenner remained unscathed.

3. Laura Bush (Former First Lady, Librarian, Author, Teacher)

Laura Bush (Paul Morigi for Getty)
Laura Bush (Paul Morigi for Getty)

Wife of America's forty-third President George W Bush, Laura Bush was also involved in a fatal car crash in high school. She neglected the stop sign while driving and collided with another car, killing the driver. The victim was Michael Dutton Douglas, who was a close friend and her classmate.

4. Mark Walberg (Actor, Producer, Businessman, Former model, Rapper, and Songwriter)

Mark Walberg (Dimitrios Kambouris for Getty)
Mark Walberg (Dimitrios Kambouris for Getty)

At the age of 16, the actor assaulted two middle-aged Vietnamese men with various objects. While battering the men he yelled racial insults and left one man blind in an eye. As a consequence, the actor was charged with attempted murder and later the sentence was reduced to criminal contempt with imprisonment for 10 years. Well, the sentence was reduced to two years after he pled guilty, but he only had to spend 45 days in prison.

5. Ted Kennedy (Statesman, Politician, Lawyer)

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Ted Kennedy (William Thomas Cain for Getty)

Ted Kennedy, a politician who served in the United States Senate from Massachusetts for almost 47 years drove his car off a bridge on Chappaquiddick. The car hit the water and Kennedy swam free, but his passenger Mary Jo Kopechne drowned in the vehicle. He fled the scene and reported the accident nine hours after pleading guilty for leaving the scene of an accident.

6. Don King (Promoter, Actor)

Don King (Drew Angerer for Getty)
Don King (Drew Angerer for Getty)

In 1966, the boxing promoter was charged and found guilty of a second-degree murder for beating a former employee to death. The bone of contention was that the former employee Sam Garett owed King $600, which lead to King kicking Garrett in the head outside a bar in Manhattan while confronting him. Don King pleaded self-defense, which resulted to charges of manslaughter and being sentenced to less than 4 years in prison.

7. Snoop Dogg (Composer, Record producer, Rapper, Television producer)

Snoop Dogg (Bennett Raglin for Getty)
Snoop Dogg (Bennett Raglin for Getty)

The rapper and his bodyguard were charged with the murder of Phillip Woldemariam. Phillip was a member of the rival gang in 1993. Well, Snoop's bodyguard was acquitted, since he claimed that he acted in self-defense, but the rapper was involved in the murder case until 1996. 

8. O J Simpson (Football player, Broadcaster, Actor)

O J Simpson (Pool for Getty)
O J Simpson (Pool for Getty)

O J Simpson was charged with murder and stabbing his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ryan Lyle Goldman. Following the hyped and much-publicized trial, he was found not guilty in 1995. 

9. Victoria Vetri (Model and Actress)

Victoria Vetri (Larry Ellis for Getty)
Victoria Vetri (Larry Ellis for Getty)

Victoria Vetri the Playboy Playmate of the year in 1968 was charged with attempted murder for allegedly shooting her boyfriend at close range due to an argument in 2010. Police claim that the two of them had an argument and when it took a physical turn then, Vetri pulled out a gun. Initially, she claimed that he was shot by a drug dealer and eventually when she pled guilty the sentence was reduced to voluntary manslaughter and she was sentenced to 9 years in prison.

10. Keith Moon (Record producer, Songwriter, Musician, Model, Actor)

Keith Moon (Jack Kay for Getty)
Keith Moon (Jack Kay for Getty)

'The Who' drummer, Keith Moon was charged with the murder of his friend and bodyguard, Neil Boland on January 4, 1970. He hit him with his car while trying to get away from pub patrons who were harassing him. On further investigation, Moon was charged with driving under the influence and driving without insurance and license and pled guilty to the driving charges.

11. Sid Vicious (Bassist, Songwriter, Musician, Composer, Singer)

Sid Vicious (Aubrey Hart for Getty)
Sid Vicious (Aubrey Hart for Getty)

In 1978, the Sex Pistols bassist, Sid Vicious stabbed his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen to death. He claimed that he found her dead in the bathroom of their hotel room and later admitted to stabbing her without intending to kill her. He did not survive to go through a trial since he died of a drug overdose when he was out on bail.

12. Ray Lewis (A former American football linebacker)

Ray Lewis (Patrick Smith for Getty)
Ray Lewis (Patrick Smith for Getty)

NFL player, Ray Lewis a former American football linebacker was charged with the murder of two men in 2000. He and his crew got in a brawl with another group, which resulted in Lewis’s crew driving away in their limo leaving two members of the other group stabbed to death. Lewis cut a deal after being imprisoned to testify against his friends and received one-year probation for obstruction of justice. But, both of his friends were charged with murder and assault.

13. Gucci Mane (Rapper)

Gucci Mane (Allen Berezovsky for Getty)
Gucci Mane (Allen Berezovsky for Getty)

Radric Delantic Davis, infamously known as Gucci Mane, was arrested and charged with murder. In May 2005 the rapper was arrested for shooting a group of men who had entered his friend's apartment and ended up killing one. The prosecutor did not pursue the case and dropped it in 2006 due to insufficient evidence.

14. Johnny Lewis (American film and television actor)

Johnny Lewis (Alberto E. Rodriguez for Getty)
Johnny Lewis (Alberto E. Rodriguez for Getty)

Jonathan Kendrick Lewis, also credited as Johnny K. Lewis was found dead on his landlord's driveway. The Sons of Anarchy actor and Katy Perry’s ex-killed himself in 2012 after he broke into his 81-year-old landlord's house, killing her and her cat.

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