MINNEAPOLIS -- Two men were indicted by a Hennepin County
Grand Jury on Thursday on first-degree murder charges in the death
of former Villanova basketball star Howard Porter.
Fredquinzo Ronte King and Rashad Arthur Raleigh, both 29, each
were indicted on counts of premeditated first-degree murder and
first-degree murder while committing or trying to commit aggravated
Porter disappeared the night of May 18 after leaving his St.
Paul home. He was found in Minneapolis the next morning, badly
injured, and was taken to the hospital as a John Doe. Authorities
realized later that the assault victim was Porter. He died on May
A third suspect, Tonya Evette Johnson, 33, was charged with
second-degree murder in September for her role in Porter's death.
She told authorities that she was street walking near her St. Paul
apartment when she approached Porter for a ``date.'' She said she
brought him to her apartment to exchange sex for money and crack
cocaine when four men rushed in and beat him, according to the
complaint against Johnson.
Porter worked as a probation officer for Ramsey County Community
Corrections at the time of his death.
Porter was a standout at Villanova, leading the Wildcats to the
1971 NCAA championship game and was selected outstanding player of
the tournament despite the Wildcats' loss to UCLA in the final. But
he was stripped of his award and the team's accomplishments were
wiped from the record books after it was learned he had begun
dealing with an agent before the season ended.
He became addicted to drugs and came to Minnesota for treatment.
He decided to stay and became a probation officer for Ramsey County
in 1995. Those who worked with Porter said he often used his past
struggle with drugs to show his probation clients that they, too,
could turn their lives around.