UPDATE: Sister of Kawhi Leonard one of two accused in killing of elderly Long Beach woman in casino

A relative of NBA star Kawhi Leonard has confirmed his sister is one of two women accused of robbing and killing an elderly Long Beach woman at a Temecula casino.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports the aunt of 35-year-old Kimesha Williams confirmed Saturday that Williams is the sister of the Los Angeles Clippers forward.

Williams and Candace Townsel of Moreno Valley were arrested this week and charged Friday with murder, robbery, elder abuse and a special circumstance that makes them eligible for the death penalty if convicted.

Candace Townsel (L) and Kimesha Williams (R)

The Press-Enterprise says casino surveillance showed the women followed Assad into the bathroom. Four minutes later, they were gone and Assad was found unconscious with a broken skull and a bleeding brain. Her purse with about $1,000 inside was missing. Assad died Wednesday.

A Riverside County sheriff’s investigator is asking a judge to keep Williams held without bail, saying she may flee and “has family that are well-off and could post her bail.”

Leonard attended high school in the area. He led the Toronto Raptors to their first NBA championship during the 2018-19 season before signing with the LA Clippers.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated with additional information on the suspects. 

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