Death penalty sought in Las Vegas shooting, crash

The district attorney filed the notice of intent to seek the death penalty Wednesday after a special panel reviewed the case


Associated Press

LAS VEGAS — Prosecutors will seek the death penalty for a self-described pimp charged in a shooting and fiery crash that killed three people on the Strip.

Ammar Asim Faruq Harris was arrested Feb. 28 in Los Angeles and is jailed in Las Vegas.

The district attorney filed the notice of intent to seek the death penalty Wednesday after a special panel reviewed the case and recommended that action.

Harris, 27, is charged in the Feb. 21 pre-dawn killings of Kenneth Cherry Jr., a cab driver and cab passenger after police say he fired shots into Cherry's Maserati while driving a Range Rover on the Las Vegas Strip.

The Maserati crashed into a taxi cab that exploded, killing Michael Boldon, 62, Las Vegas; and passenger Sandra Sutton-Wasmund, 48, Maple Valley, Wash.

Harris is charged with the murder of all three. He's also charged with the attempted murder of Freddy Walters, a passenger in the Maserati who was shot along with Cherry but survived.

Police said Harris and Cherry had exchanged angry words at a casino valet stand before speeding with tires squealing up the neon-splashed Strip.

Tehran Boldon, the younger brother of Michael Boldon, told the Las Vegas Sun after Wednesday's filing that Harris has "shown no remorse, and he needs to be made example of."

"Hopefully it will send a message to people like him that think it's a game," he said. "I would hate to think that he could outlive me when I don't think he should be living at all."

Harris previously was arrested in 2010 in Las Vegas on charges of pandering, kidnapping, sexual assault and coercion. The charges were dropped, but a witness re-emerged after Harris' arrest this year and a jury indicted him in April on three counts of sexual assault and one count of robbery related to the 2010 arrest.

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