Former Chicago Bears cornerback, Michael Richardson, was arrested Wednesday by Phoenix police and now faces charges of second-degree murder, misconduct involving a weapon and having a felony warrant.
Michael Richardson,59, was accused of fatally shooting 47-year-old Ronald Like in Phoenix on Tuesday morning. Like was listed in critical condition before transportation to a hospital where he later died. According to investigators the shooting happened over cocaine, which was valued at $200. Witness statements and public court documents state that Richardson “is considered a drug dealer”
Since stepping off the field the Sun Devil Hall of Famer has built quite the wrap sheet. ESPN reported in 2010 Richardson had been convicted on 21 drug-related charges, which included five felonies during a 16-year period. A judge sentenced him to 13 years in prison in 2008, but the sentence was reduced to one year and probation due to appeals on his behalf by Coach Mike Ditka, and his former teammate Richard Dent.
Richardson is currently being held at Maricopa County jail without bond until his scheduled court date on Jan.7.