LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A man accused of fatally shooting an aspiring rapper as he drove a Maserati along the Las Vegas Strip, touching off a fiery car crash that killed two other people, challenged his extradition back to Nevada from California on Monday.
The man insisted through his defense lawyer that police or other authorities from Nevada be summoned to Los Angeles to identify him in court as the fugitive they seek in the February 21 shooting, 26-year-old Ammar Harris.
Harris is accused of opening fire from a black Range Rover on the 2008 Maserati being driven by Kenneth Wayne Cherry Jr., 27, in an intersection at the heart of the Vegas Strip, near several casino resort hotels.
Cherry, who performed under the name “Kenny Clutch,” was mortally wounded in the pre-dawn shooting, and his car veered out of control into a taxicab, which exploded in flames, killing driver Michael Bolden, 62, and his passenger Sandi Sutton-Wasmund, 48.
After an exhaustive six-day, multi-state manhunt, a man authorities identified as Harris was tracked to an apartment in the North Hollywood section of Los Angeles, where he surrendered to police and FBI agents last Thursday.
Harris is charged in Clark County Justice Court with 11 felony counts, including murder, attempted murder and firearms charges.