However, it appears Robert Edwards Maxfield was re-arrested on Friday night in Compton, California, and remains in custody after allegedly violating his parole, according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials and jail records.
The nature of the alleged violation was unclear Tuesday night.
Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokesman, Luis Patiño, said that someone who violates their parole then goes before a judge and could have their parole revoked, at which point they would be sent back to jail.
The Maxfield in Yetunde Price’s case, now 38, pleaded no contest in 2006 to voluntary manslaughter in Yetunde’s death just after midnight on September 14, 2003.
Maxfield had been charged with murder, but accepted the lesser count on the eve of his third trial, following two mistrials.
(A no-contest plea essentially has the same effect as a guilty plea, but the defendant does not admit the accusations against them.)
Maxfield was sentenced in April 2006 to 15 years in prison, and he was paroled last March, according to state corrections officials.
He served nearly three years in jail, between his arrest and sentencing, and was then placed in prison where he served nearly another 12 years before his March parole, according to Patiño.
Yetunde, who was 31 and the mother of three children at the time of her death, was a nurse and the owner of a Los Angeles area hair salon. She also worked as a personal assistant to her tennis superstar sisters, Serena and Venus.
She was one of the Williams’ three other sisters, a half-sibling from a previous relationship between their mother, Oracene Price, and Yusef Rasheed.
The Williams sisters have not commented on Maxfield’s release. (Prosecutors also declined to comment.) But Serena reportedly faced him in court in 2006.
She said then that she initially wasn’t “going to speak … because it’s too hard for me to talk.” However, she said she wanted to tell Maxfield “that this was unfair to our family, and our family has always been positive and we always try to help people,” according to the Times.
Los Angeles County prosecutors have said Maxfield allegedly opened fire with an assault weapon on Yetunde’s SUV, with her boyfriend behind the wheel, as they traveled down East Greenleaf Boulevard near a suspected drug house in 2003.
Yetunde was hit in the back of the head about a mile from the playground where her sisters began playing tennis, according to reports.
Maxfield was a member of the Southside Crips gang, prosecutors argued, and the shooting was retaliation on who he thought was another gang member. Charges against a second suspect in the case, who also allegedly opened fire on Yetunde’s vehicle, were ultimately dropped following a mistrial.
Rolland Wormley, Yetunde’s boyfriend at the time, was not hit in the shooting. Speaking with the Times later in 2003, Wormley recalled of that night:
“I’m trying to get through this. I’m trying to get away, I’m trying to get her to safety. Once I get to Long Beach Boulevard, I see the back window is shattered. I look to the right and said, ‘Baby, are you all right?’ I look at [Yetunde] and there was blood everywhere.”
The surprise slaying sent shock waves through the Williams family. In an interview, Serena said it was “still hard for me to talk about.”
“Yetunde and I were so close; she changed my diapers,” Serena said. “But I finally came to an acceptance of things.”
Her siblings opened the Yetunde Price Resource Centre, in Compton, in late 2016.
“We definitely wanted to honor our sister’s memory because she was a great sister, she was our oldest sister and obviously she meant a lot to us,” Serena said then.
“And it meant a lot to us, to myself and to Venus and my other sisters as well, Isha and Lyndrea, that we’ve been wanting to do something for years in memory of her, especially the way it happened, a violent crime.”
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