[CW: This article includes references to domestic abuse]
Donny Aaron, the estranged husband and former coach of UFC flyweight Andrea Lee, has had a warrant issued for his arrest in Shreveport, LA. According to ArkLaTex this comes after Aaron failed to appear for an arraignment on charges of domestic battery and false imprisonment.
Aaron was accused of domestic abuse last August after police were called to the home he shared with Andrea Lee and Andy Nguyen (who is also a professional MMA fighter). In a police statement — published by MyMMANews — Nguyen claimed that Aaron was beating Lee, trying to choke her and burning her with cigarettes.
When police arrived at the home Aaron was not there. He then evaded capture by police for the next nine months.
In May, Aaron was finally located by police after he was pulled over for speeding in a school zone in Upshur County, TX. The arresting officers found marijuana on Aaron and, when running a background check, discovered that he had an open warrant for domestic abuse.
Aaron was extradited from Texas to Shreveport City Jail on May 29th, 2019. He bonded out of jail the next day and was set a court date for July 2nd. When Aaron did not show up for the 9:00am court hearing yesterday, Judge Pamela Lattier issued the warrant for his arrest.
This is not Aaron’s first high-profile incident with the law. In 2009, while he worked as a police officer in Caddo Parish, LA, he was convicted of negligent homicide. That conviction stemmed from the shooting death of Ronald Jamison in 2005. Jamison was shot by Aaron while he was sitting in a car close to Aaron’s home.
Aaron claimed he shot Jamison in self-defense. An investigation showed that Jamison was unarmed during the confrontation and that Jamison had died from multiple gun shots that were fired through the window of his vehicle.
Aaron was sentenced to a five-year prison sentence. While he was in prison it is believed Aaron received tattoos of a Nazi swastika and schutzstaffel (SS) emblem. Those tattoos were noticed by the MMA world in 2018.
Aaron claimed the tattoos were integral to his survival during prison life. He later claimed that he would not cover up the tattoos, because that would make him look, “eve more redneck.”