Catchin’ Serious Cases: Celebs Who’ve Been Implicated In Murder
It may be hard to believe, but a number of celebrities have been implicated in murder – which isn’t to say that they were directly involved or completely at fault. Some stars were at fault and were found guilty for it, others were found innocent, and some weren’t indicted or tried at all. But one common thread linking each of these celebrities in these unfortunate circumstances is tragedy.
The most recent celebrity to be implicated in murder is Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius. He is currently standing trial for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, whom he shot to death – he claims accidently – in his Pretoria, South Africa home.
In October 2009, 35-year old Terry Boyd was shot and killed inside of his East Baton Rouge, Louisiana home. Lil’ Boosie would become implicated in the crime, not for physically shooting the gun that killed Boyd, but for supposedly hiring Michael “Marlo Mike” Louding – the man who prosecutors claimed did physically shoot the gun.
In May of 2012, jurors acquitted Lil’ Boosie of the murder charges.
In 2005, Gucci Mane was attacked by a group of men in a Georgia area suburb. He fired his gun in self-defense, he claimed, and killed one of his assailants. Murder charges were brought against Gucci in 2005, but authorities dropped them in 2006, lacking sufficient evidence to try him.
In the 90’s, Snoop Dogg faced criminal charges in connection with the murder of Phillip Woldermarian, a rival gang member. It was Snoop’s bodyguard who shot and killed Woldermarian, but it was Snoop who was driving the vehicle from which the shooting occurred, implicating him in the crime. The two men were ultimately acquitted of murder.
In 2006, Brandy slammed into the back of a car causing it to hit another vehicle and veer out of the lane before being hit by yet another vehicle. Sadly, the driver was killed. But though Brandy took a big hit in the media and an even bigger one in the courtroom (reportedly, a number of people affected by the accident brought lawsuits against her), authorities’ investigations proved her innocent, and no criminal charges were brought.
Following a party on Martha’s Vineyard’s Chappaquiddick Island in 1969, Ted Kennedy and his passenger Mary Jo Kopechne drove off of a bridge and into a body of water. Kennedy managed to escape from the vehicle alive, but left Kopechne and failed to report the accident until the following morning. In spite of the incident – and all of the controversy that followed — Kennedy went on to run for political office successfully.
Cassidy was released from Pennsylvania’s Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility on March 2, 2006, after serving eight months for his part in the murder of Desmond Hawkins. Cassidy had been convicted of involuntary manslaughter, two counts of aggravated assault, and possession of an instrument of crime.
Rapper C-Murder, the brother of Master P and Silkk the Shocker, was sentenced to life in prison for the 2002 beating and shooting death of 16-year old Steve Thomas.
From 2004 to 2005, actor Robert Blake stood trial for the murder of his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley. He was eventually acquitted of all charges.
Who could forget the murder trial of the century that implicated football star O.J. Simpson in the stabbing death of his ex-wife Nicole and her friend Ronald Goldman?
At 17-years old, former First Lady Laura Bush ran a stop sign, crashed into a car, and killed its driver, another Midland, Texas, teenager.
Little is known regarding whether Chief Keef had any involvement in the murder of fellow Chicago rapper Joseph ‘Lil JoJo’ Coleman, though the victim’s mother remains adamant that Keef paid for her son to be murdered.
Keef maintains that he was in no way involved.
Former NBA player Jayson Williams (the estranged husband of season 1 Basketball Wives LA star Tanya Young Williams) was arrested and eventually pled guilty to aggravated assault in connection with the murder of Costas “Gus” Christofi, his limo driver. According to testimony, Williams accidently shot Christofi in the chest while showing off a shotgun in his New Jersey mansion and then attempted to cover up the crime. He served 18 months of jail time.
In 1987 while driving in Ireland, Matthew Broderick veered out of his lane and crashed head first into an oncoming car, killing both its driver and passenger. Broderick claimed to have no explanation for or even recollection of the crash, and was charged with “careless driving” and fined $175.
As a young man, Don King ran a gambling ring in Cleveland, Ohio. His involvement would lead him to kill not one, but two men – the first he shot (it was ruled justifiable homicide), and the second he stomped to death (he was initially convicted but later pardoned).