Tony Stewart is a world famous stock driving racer and three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion. During a dirt track race at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in upstate New York in August 2014, Stewart struck a 20-year-old named Kevin Ward Jr., who had climbed from his car to confront Stewart while under the influence of marijuana. A grand jury decided not to indict Stewart on any charges relating to the incident.
Michael Massee is a veteran actor best known for his roles as Fun Boy in the 1994 film The Crow and The Gentleman in the 2012 film The Amazing Spider-Man. On set of The Crow in 1994, Massee fired a prop gun that killed fellow actor Brandon Lee. In an interview with ‘Extra‘, Massee said “It absolutely wasn’t supposed to happen” Massee went on to explain that after the tragic incident he took a year off, went back to New York, and didn’t do anything – including refusing to watch The Crow.
Caitlyn Jenner is best known for winning the gold medal in the 1976 Montreal summer Olympic decathlon and for frequent appearances on the hit reality show “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” Caitlyn Jenner (formally Bruce Jenner), was involved in a four-car wreck in Malibu that killed 69-year-old Kim Howe in February 2015. Jenner has not been charged with any crime despite the Howe family pursing a lawsuit against Jenner for wrongful death.
Laura Bush is the wife of the former 43rd president of the United States, George W. Bush, serving as First Lady from 2001-2009. As a teenager in 1963, the former Laura Welch and a girlfriend were hurrying to a drive-in cinema when she ran through a stop sign striking and killing 17-year-old Mike Douglas, a fellow student at her school. In her book, Spoken from the Heart, Mrs. Bush claims she suffered years of guilt and lost her religious faith.
Rebecca Gayheart began her career in television and film and later gained notoriety as a spokesperson and model for Noxzema in the early 90’s. In June of 2001, Gayheart struck a nine-year-old by the name of Jorge Cruz as he walked across the street in Los Angeles. In court, she pleased no contest to vehicle manslaughter and was sentenced to three years of probation, a one-year license suspension, a $2,800 fine, and 750 hours of community service.
Vince Neil is the lead singer of one of the biggest heavy metal bands of the 80’s, Mötley Crüe. In 1984, Neil was involved in a fatal car crash killing his passenger, the drummer for rock band Hanoi Rocks, Nicholas Dingley (Razzle). Neil and Razzle were speeding while under the influence of alcohol on their way to a local liquor store when Neil lost control of the wheel and collided with an opposing vehicle. Neil spent 30 days in jail and was fined $2.5 million dollars for the incident.
Ted Kennedy was a Democratic U.S. Senator from Massachusetts who served for almost 47 years. Kennedy pled guilty in 1969 to leaving the scene of a crash in a single-vehicle automobile incident known as “The Chappaquiddick incident” which left his colleague Mary Jo Kopechne dead. According to his testimony, Kennedy had accidentally driven his car off a one-lane bridge into a tidal channel and left the scene without reporting anything to authorities until nine hours after the incident had occurred.
Phil Spector is a famous record producer, musician, and songwriter best known for developing the Wall of Sound and winning the Grammy Award for Album of the Year for co-producing George Harrison’s Concert for Bangladesh in 1971. Spector was sentenced to 19 years to life in prison in 2009 for murdering actress Lana Clarkson at his mansion in Alhambra, California six years prior.
Donté Stallworth is a former wide receiver having played for teams such as the New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles, and Washington Redskins during his ten seasons in the NFL. In March of 2009, Stallworth hit a pedestrian while drunk driving after a night out at a high-end hotel bar in Florida. He served a 30-day sentence for pleading guilty to DUI manslaughter and reached a confidential financial settlement with the victim’s family to avoid a potential lawsuit.
Brandy Norwood is a recording artist who has sold over 40 million records worldwide and actress best known for starring in the eleventh season of Dancing With The Stars. In December of 2006, Brandy’s Range Rover rear-ended 38-year-old Awatef Aboudihaj in a fatal automobile accident on the Los Angeles San Diego 405 Freeway. Due to insufficient evidence, Brandy was neither arrested nor charged with vehicle manslaughter.
Robert Blake is a retired actor who starred in the film In Cold Blood and the hit television series Baretta. In November of 2005, eight months after Blake was acquitted by a jury in Los Angeles Superior Court for the murder of his wife Bonny Lee Bakley, Blake was found guilty in a civil trial of intentionally causing Bonny’s death. He was ordered to pay $30 million to Bakley’s children despite taking the stand in the civil trial to deny the accusations.
Don King is one of the most recognized faces in boxing. As a boxing promoter, he has worked with some of the most prominent names in boxing including Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Mike Tyson, and Roy Jones, Jr. His career highlights include promoting “The Rumble In The Jungle” and the “Trilla in Manila“. In December of 1954, King was charged with justifiable homicide after shooting and killing a man named Hillary Brown who was attempting to rob one of his gambling houses. 13 years later, King was convicted of second degree murder after he was found guilty of brutally assaulting an employee by the name of Sam Garrett who had owed him $600. After a judge reduced his conviction was reduced to nonnegligent manslaughter, King served just under four years in prison.
Johnny Lewis was an actor best known for his role as Kip Epps in the first two series of Sons of Anarchy. In September of 2012, Lewis broke into his 81-year-old landlord Catherine Davis’ house, ransacked the place, and killed her along with her cat. His family claimed he suffered from untreated head trauma which led to a psychological disorder.
Keith Moon was the drummer for the english rock band the Who. In 19872, he was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame and in 2011 voted the second-greatest drummer of all time by a Rolling Stone readers’ poll. In January of 1970, Moon accidentally hit and killed his bodyguard, Neil Boland, when the two were escaping pub patrons who began to attack and harass them outside the Red Lion pub in Hatfield, Hertfordshire. The death was ruled an accident and Moon was given an absolute discharge.
Matthew Broderick and a singer and actor known for playing the title character in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, the adult voice of Simba in The Lion King, and Leo Bloom in The Producers. As of 2015, Broderick remains the youngest winner of a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play. In August of 1987, Broderick was involved in a fatal car crash while vacationing in Northern Ireland with his girlfriend Jennifer Grey. Broderick had crossed into the wrong lane in a rented BMW colliding head-on with an opposing Volvo with two women inside of it who were killed instantly in the crash. Broderick was charged with careless driving and charged $175.
Felicia Pearson is a rapper and actor who gained notoriety for her role as Felicia “Snoop” Pearson on The Wire. At only 14, young Felicia was convicted of second degree murder for shooting a girl by the name of Okia Toomer. She was sentenced to two eight-year terms and was released after six and a half years.
Jayson Williams is a professional NBA player having played for both the Philadelphia 76ers and the New Jersey Nets. In February of 2012, Williams accidentally shot a 55-year-old limousine driver by name of Costas “Gus” Christofi with a shotgun while giving him a tour of his Alexandria, New Jersey estate. Costas was hired by Williams to drive him and his NBA charity team from a Bethlehem, Pennsylvania event back to his home in New Jersey. It wasn’t until February of 2010 when Williams was sentenced to five years in prison with possible parole after serving 18 months.
Lane Garrison is an actor best known for his role as “Tweener” on the TV series Prison Break. In December 2006, Garrison was involved in a night of poor judgement in which left a teenager by the name of Vahagn Setian dead. 27-year-old Garrison had attended a Beverly Hills high school party where he partied with and provided underage teenagers with alcohol. Shortly before midnight, Garrison along with several teens had left the party to go buy more alcohol when he crashed his Land Rover into a tree and ultimately killed the young teen. Garrison plead guilty to vehicular manslaughter and was sentenced to 40 months in state prison.
Salman Khan is one of the most popular and commercially successful Bollywood actors from India who has starred in over 90 Hindi-language films during his 27-year career. In 2002, Khan was involved in a drunken hit-and-run where he lost control of his SUV and drove into five homeless men sleeping on the pavement and ultimately killing one of them. Khan was sentenced to five years in prison for the death of the homeless man.
J.R. Smith is a professional NBA player who has played for the New Orleans Hornets, Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks, and currently resides with the Cleveland Cavaliers. In June of 2007, Smith and two passengers were involved in a fatal car accident in Millstone Township, New Jersey when his SUV blew a stop sign and collided with another car. Smith’s passenger, Andre Bell, suffered serious head injuries before being pronounced dead two days after the accident. Two years later, Smith pled guilty to the accident and served 24 of his 90 day sentence in jail.
OJ Simpson is a retired record holding NFL player who has played for the Buffalo Bills from 1969-1977 and the San Francisco 49ers from 1978-1979. He is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, Pro Football Hall of Fame, and 1968 Heisman Trophy winner. In one of the most controversial criminal trials of the 20th century, Simpson was acquitted of murder charges and later found liable for the wrongful stabbing deaths of his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman in their home in Brentwood, California.
Oscar Pistorius is a South African sprint runner and gold metal winner in both the men’s 400-meter race and the 4 x 100 meter relay in the 2012 Summer Paralympics. On Valentine’s Day of 2013, Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp after mistaking her as a house intruder. Pistorius was arrested, charged with murder, and found guilty of culpable homicide. The judge had given him a five-year prison sentence for the culpable homicide conviction, however amid a current legal battle, Pistorius is currently on house arrest pending an appeal to the South African Constitutional court and is due back in court on April 18th, 2016.
Aaron Hernandez is a former tight end for the New England Patriots and recognized All-American football player while at the University of Florida. In August of 2013, Hernandez was indicted for the murder of semi-pro football player and friend, Odin Lloyd. Two years later in April of 2015, Hernandez was found guilty of first-degree murder in the Lloyd case and sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole.
Snoop Dogg is an actor and double platinum recording artist who has sold over 21 million albums in the United States and over 35 million albums worldwide. In August of 1993, Snoop Dogg was arrested and charged with murder in connection to the death of Phillip Woldermariam, a member of a rival gang who was shot by Snoop’s bodyguard, McKinley Lee. Snoop believed to be driving the car from which the shooting had begun. Snoop was acquitted from the murder charge, yet remained entangled in legal battles surrounding the case for the next three years.
Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman
Duane Chapman was a reality TV star for the hit A&E series Dog The Bounty Hunter. In the late 70’s as a 23-year-old in Pampa, Texas, Chapman was charged and convicted of murder while waiting outside in a car while his friend purchased marijuana and subsequently was shot by the dealer. Chapman was sentenced to five years in prison and was allowed parole after a year and a half. The murder conviction has prevented him from entering the United Kingdom to this day.