Murder Plots Alleged In Puffy Trial
Allegations of murder plots against Sean ''Puffy'' Combs and an enemy of the rap mogul were raised in a conference between attorneys during Combs' weapons and bribery trial, according to a court transAllegations of murder plots against Sean ''Puffy'' Combs and an enemy of the rap mogul were raised in a conference between attorneys during Combs' weapons and bribery trial, according to a court transcript released yesterday (March 22).
Prosecutors said Matthew ''Scar'' Allen believed Combs was plotting to kill him. The defense said Allen wanted to kill Combs. A confrontation between Allen and members of Combs' entourage sparked the December 1999 nightclub shooting that left three people wounded.
Combs was acquitted last week of weapons and bribery charges stemming from the shooting. His protege, Jamal ''Shyne'' Barrow, 21, was convicted in the nightclub shooting of first-degree assault, reckless endangerment and gun possession. He faces up to 25 years in prison when he is sentenced on April 16.
Combs' lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, said in a conference during the trial that his client had received a telephone threat at his office from someone who ''gave us detailed information concerning a contract on Mr. Combs' life.''
Brafman also said court officers had heard a man with a walkie-talkie describe Combs' car and security precautions. He said the caller identified the man at the courthouse as an acquaintance of Allen's.
Prosecutor Matthew Bogdanos said Allen believed Combs was trying to bribe him to keep him from testifying, but that Allen learned from one of Combs' employees that the rap mogul planned to kill him.
Bogdanos said Allen had refused to testify because he feared his relatives would be in danger. Brafman denied Combs schemed to kill Allen.
The March 14 conference was held out of the jury's presence and the record was sealed until after the verdict at Brafman's request.
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