Strip Shooting-Crash Suspect Gets Lawyer in Vegas

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Records show Harris was never convicted of pimping. But he was arrested last year in Las Vegas in a 2010 prostitution case using the name Ammar Asim Faruq Harris. Police sought charges of pandering by force and felon in possession of concealed weapon, but he was charged with robbery, sexual assault, kidnapping and coercion with a weapon. The case was dismissed last June.

Harris was convicted in South Carolina in 2004 of felony possession with intent to sell a stolen pistol and convicted in Atlanta of a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge.

He was arrested Feb. 28 at an apartment in Studio City in Los Angeles and returned to Las Vegas early Tuesday. He fought extradition until the governors of California and Nevada signed orders for his transfer.

Police allege that Harris and aspiring rapper Kenneth Wayne Cherry Jr. exchanged angry words in a hotel valet area before Harris fired shots that mortally wounded Cherry behind the wheel of the Maserati on the Strip.

Cherry’s cousin, Shanna Cherry, said she was in court Wednesday to express her family’s hopes for justice on behalf of everyone affected. Most of Cherry’s family lives in the Oakland, Calif., area.

Michael Boldon, 62, of Las Vegas, and passenger Sandra Sutton-Wasmund, 48, of Maple Valley, Wash., were killed when the Maserati slammed into Boldon’s taxi on Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Road. The neon-lit crossroads features such iconic resorts as Caesars Palace, Bellagio, Bally’s and the Flamingo.

Another man in the Maserati suffered gunshot wounds, and four other people in several vehicles were hurt in chain-reaction crashes.

Police found no gun in the Maserati and no evidence that Cherry returned fire before the crash.

The Range Rover was found two days later at an apartment complex near the Strip. Harris was arrested the following week, after an intense multi-state manhunt.

(Photo: AP)

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