Sunday, October 26, 2003 Updated: October 27, 4:28 PM ET
Ex-Wyoming basketball player dead in murder-suicide
LARAMIE, Wyo. -- Former Wyoming basketball player Brett
Studdard shot his former girlfriend to death and then committed
suicide, police in Roswell, Ga., said.
Kelly Jo Kranze, 28, of Roswell, was shot twice with a
.38-caliber semiautomatic pistol, once in the back and once in the
head, after an altercation in the front yard of her home Oct. 16,
Kranze, a pharmacist, was preparing for a weekend visit from her
family when she was fatally shot as she tried to run to a
neighbor's home for safety, Sgt. James McGee said.
Studdard, 32, lived in Marietta, Ga. Some of Kranze's Florida
family was in town for a weekend visit, and she had taken three
days off work to be with them, McGee said. No one else was at the
home at the time.
The shooting came two days after a Cobb County Superior Court
judge issued a permanent restraining order prohibiting Studdard
from contacting Kranze. The order also forbade Studdard from
possessing any firearms.
Kranze had complained to police after an Oct. 2 altercation at
her home that Studdard was stalking her at home and work, the
Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on its Web site.
Kranze told police she had been dating Studdard for about two
years before she broke up with him in early September "due to lack
of trust and not letting her have her life," according to a police
Then on Oct. 16, Studdard pulled his rented gold Dodge Intrepid
into the driveway behind Kranze just after she arrived about 10
p.m., police said.
Citing accounts by neighbors, McGee said the two argued and
apparently struggled. Studdard may have accidentally shot himself
in the leg before Kranze broke free and ran toward Eissler's home,
Studdard shot Kranze in the upper back as she ran, then walked
up to her and shot her in the back of the head before putting the
pistol into his mouth and committing suicide, McGee said.
Studdard played at Wyoming as a reserve guard in 1991-93 after
being recruited from junior college by then-Wyoming coach Benny
He played in 57 games for the Cowboys, averaging 4.3 points and
1.0 rebound. His best game came Jan. 21, 1993, when he scored 20
points against UTEP.
"This came as a big, big shock and a great surprise to both
Nancy and I," Dees said in a phone interview with the Laramie
Daily Boomerang. "Brett was a smart young man and a good
"He wasn't quite as good as some of our other guys and didn't
get to play as much as he would have liked, but he was a fine young
man in every way. It's just a real tragedy."