Federal authorities questioned whether the Wu-Tang Clan was involved in double murders dating back to 1999, newly released court documents revealed.
According to the Staten Island Advance, the lawyer of a convicted drug kingpin wants documents from the FBI probe released to help his client before sentencing. Last week, brothers and alleged Wu-Tang cohorts Anthony and Christian Harvey were found guilty of running a 20-year-old Staten Island drug empire. They were also convicted for orchestrating the murder of 17-year-old Jerome “Boo Boo” Estella.
Michael Gold, Anthony’s attorney, says “police documents” claim Estella’s murder was done “at the instruction of members of the Wu-Tang Clan” out of revenge for robbing RZA’s brother.
"These reports seem to suggest someone else was liable for those murders. I'm not suggesting that Wu-Tang committed these crimes. The FBI did," Gold told the Advance referring to a 95-page FBI file on Ol' Dirty Bastard that became available in 2012. "What I'm trying to ascertain is their stated belief in an official file that Wu-Tang ordered this homicide."
Prosecutors argue that Gold was aware of the documents before the trial and that the information won’t exonerate Anthony. Details of the documents given to Gold were disclosed by prosecutors in a filing last month. The information on both murders came from a 1999 interview with Brian Humphreys, the gang-member-turned-informant who gunned down Estrella and testified against the Christian brothers.
"A couple of weeks before the Boo Boo shooting, Uncles (nickname of drug supplier Paul Ford) told Humphreys about a Blood named Boo Boo who just came home from jail. He stated that Boo Boo had robbed RZA's little brother and had also gotten into something with the Christian brothers," the documents read.
Three days after Estrella’s murder came the death of Corey Brooker. In the documents, Humphreys asserts that the Anthony and Ford wanted Brooker (a rival drug dealer) killed partly because he robbed RZA’s brother and Raekwon’s cousin. RZA put out a $30,000 hit on Brooker, Humprehys reportedly said.
Brooker escaped an initial murder attempt by Humphreys. Prosecutors believe Humphreys killed Estella with Anthony’s approval to stop him from warning Brooker about the murder plot. Furthermore, they argue that Anthony's link to RZA gave him even more motive to have Estella killed.
Ford turned into an informant as well, telling contending that Brooker was killed by a man identified only as “Phife” and “collected money from RZA for executing the hit.” Prosecutors maintain that though the Wu-Tang connection was entered into the trial, Anthony ordered Estella’s murder.
Humpreys was arrested a day of Estella’s murder. Brooker’s death remains unsolved.
Click here the read the full court filing.
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