Man Who Killed Half-Sister Of Venus & Serena Williams Released From Prison

Robert Edward Maxfield, the man who authorities revealed fatally shot Serena and Venus Williams' older half-sister Yetunde Price in 2003, was released from prison earlier this year, PEOPLE reported on Tuesday (July 31). However, the saga isn't over for Maxfield, who was seemingly arrested on Friday night in Compton, California, and is currently in custody after allegedly violating his parole.

News of Maxfield's arrest arrived, courtesy of the Los Angeles County sheriff's officials and jail records, but the nature of his violation had not been revealed as of Tuesday night. Still, a rep for the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, who confirmed the release of the Maxfield in Price's murder case, wouldn't confirm if this was indeed the same Maxfield, who was arrested in Compton on Friday. Maxfield reportedly killed Price in a drive-by shooting during which the authorities believe her boyfriend was the intended target.

Meanwhile, the Daily Mail reported that Maxfield was released after 12 years of his 15-year sentence because of "good behavior." As per the report, it's "likely" that the Williams family was informed of his release from jail earlier this year. 

In 2009, Serena told PEOPLE that her sibling's death led to some personal issues that the tennis superstar has rarely discussed. "It was a real dark period in my life. I went through depression. I never even talked about it to my mom," Williams confessed. "No one knew I was in therapy, but I was. I was so close to my sister." Nonetheless, the two moved forward with tributing their sibling in 2016 when they launched the Yetunde Price Resource Center to honor the "life and legacy of its namesake by supporting individuals, families, and children in Southern Los Angeles affected by trauma."

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