CSUN employee arrested in death of wife.
SUSPECT: Admissions counselor accused of killing spouse, the sister
of TV actress.
Lyle S. Herring, a 14-year pre-admissions counselor at California State University, Northridge, has been arrested on suspicion of murder in the disappearance of his wife Lesley, the sister of "Friday Night Lights" actress Aasha Davis.
Herring, 56, was arrested without incident by Hollywood homicide detectives at his office on the CSUN campus late Wednesday afternoon.
His wife, 44 at the time of her disappearance, was reported missing in March 2009 by her sister - whose other acting credits include "Grey's Anatomy" and "ER." Lesley Herring had not been seen since Feb. 8, 2009, according to police.
Lyle Herring, who was considered a suspect from the early stages of the investigation, is being held in lieu of $1 million at the downtown metropolitan jail. He will be arraigned today in Los Angeles Superior Court, Department 30.
A CSUN spokeswoman said the university will not comment on the arrest or on Herring since it is now a criminal matter. Herring, the spokeswoman said, continues to be employed at CSUN.
But spokeswoman Carmen Chandler said the police's description of Herring as a recruiter for the university was inaccurate.
"He is a pre-admissions counselor who deals with enrollment questions from community college students," said Chandler.
According to police, Herring had repeatedly and publicly denied any responsibility for his wife's disappearance.
"I would describe his cooperation as fragmented and less than helpful," Detective Chris Gable said at a news conference last year shortly after the woman was reported missing.
With the help of Davis, the case drew national media attention and was profiled in an episode of Nancy Grace on CNN's Headline News.
In reports at the time she went missing, Lesley Herring's family said Lyle had been evasive with them and had behaved strangely after her disappearance.
Lyle Herring, his in-laws said, had disappeared for two weeks after Lesley's disappearance and returned looking dramatically different, having cut off his familiar long dreadlocks.
Herring told his in-laws he had gone looking for Leslie in Mexico, where they had been planning a vacation, they said, and maintained that a group of men to whom he owed money had attacked him and cut off his hair.