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Henley’s Ex-Girlfriend Out on $75,000 Bail

TIMES STAFF WRITER

The former girlfriend of ex-Ram star Darryl Henley appeared in federal court here Friday on charges that she helped the athlete arrange a major cocaine deal from his jail cell.

Kym Taylor, 36, of Los Angeles was released from custody on $75,000 bail after she appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew J. Wistrich to hear the charges against her.

Taylor, a medical assistant, surrendered to federal agents early Friday, less than 24 hours after authorities unsealed a complaint charging her, Henley, and four others with a scheme to distribute 25 kilograms of cocaine in Detroit.

The others included Henley’s younger brother, Eric; Alisa Denmon, the mother of Henley’s child; and Ronald and Donald Knight, twins who are business associates of the former Ram cornerback.

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The complaint against the six came only two days after federal prosecutors charged Henley and two other men, including a guard at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Los Angeles, with plotting to distribute $1 million in heroin.

Henley used a cellular phone supplied by a prison guard, Rodney Anderson, to arrange the drug deals, prosecutors contend.

Assistant U.S. Atty. Marc Harris said the two planned to use $200,000 from the heroin sale to pay for the contract killings of U.S. District Judge Gary L. Taylor and former Ram cheerleader Tracy Donaho.

Taylor presided over the 1995 cocaine trafficking trial at which Henley and four others were convicted of operating a cross-country cocaine ring. The men have since filed a motion for a new trial, which Taylor was considering.

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Donaho was caught ferrying drugs for Henley and eventually testified against him.

In the latest complaint, prosecutors alleged that Kym Taylor helped Henley provide collateral to his drug suppliers for the cocaine deal.

Taylor must post a $75,000 property bond by June 7. She is due back in court June 24 for arraignment.


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