50 Cent Link Reexamined In Murder Inc. Case
Day two (Nov. 17) of the Murder Inc. money laundering trial began as the Donell Nichols show, but that all changed when 50 Cent's name was uttered during the afternoon arguments.Day two (Nov. 17) of the Murder Inc. money laundering trial began as the Donell Nichols show, but that all changed when 50 Cent's name was uttered during the afternoon arguments. Earlier in the day, prosecutors tried to use Nichols' testimony to link Murder Inc.'s Irv and Chris Gotti to notorious drug dealer Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff.
When the trial resumed after the afternoon break, Nichols once again fumbled through his testimony, discrediting himself as the defense attorneys pummeled him with questions. On the stand, Nichols testified that he owned a key to Chris Lorenzo's private safe after only one month of an internship and no prior relationship with either one of the Lorenzo brothers.
Nichols also testified that he was promised 10 percent of all checks made out to Chris Lorenzo and Murder Inc. after being an intern at the label for less than two months. The courtroom gallery grumbled and chuckled at his assertions.
At this point the prosecution appeared to scramble and attempted to make a case for discussing the 2000 shooting of rapper 50 Cent, a supposed Irv Lorenzo nemesis.
The prosecution stressed that the evidence would be able to prove that the shooting of 50 Cent was a return favor from McGriff to the Murder Inc. family for laundering his money. The defense immediately objected, and a series of delays and sidebar conversations lasting well over two hours ensued.
After hours of deliberation, Judge Edward Korman finally said he would allow the prosecution to question witnesses about McGriff's involvement in the shooting of 50 Cent. Initially, Judge Korman said that the prosecution would not be allowed to mention the incident.
With the jury removed, prosecutors introduced into evidence numerous text messages sent from McGriff to Irv in regards to the shooting of 50 Cent.
SOHH.com has obtained a 15-page document filed by the prosecution that highlights a series of e-mails, pages and text messages from and to Irv between 2001 and 2002. The pager conversations consists mainly of erratic discussions between the person "Irv" and two persons with the pager name "Murder Inc" and "SUPREME--THEBOSS" about meeting dates, rendezvous and company business.
In one revealing message from November 16, 2002, "SUPREME--THE BOSS" tells “Irv” about a jailhouse stabbing attack. The testimony and text messages could lead to 50 Cent being subpoenaed to take the stand in the case.
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