Court documents revealed the FBI had concerns about members of the Wu-Tang Clan and their alleged connection to the murder of two Staten Island drug dealers in 1999.
In 2014, a federal jury found brothers Anthony and Harvey Christian guilty of running a drug empire for two decades on Staten Island, as well as plotting the murder of 17-year-old Jerome “Boo Boo” Estella. However, according to the Staten Island Advance, FBI agents were investigating whether founding members of the famed Wu Tang rap group – RZA and Raekwon – were linked to the murder after discovering Estella allegedly robbed their family members.
As the brothers’ sentencing date draws near, their lawyer is asking for more information regarding the rap group’s alleged involvement in Estella’s death and the murder of a second man, Corey (Shank Bank) Brooker, the NY Daily News reports.
Meanwhile, federal prosecutors are looking towards intel provided by Blood member turned informant, Paul “Uncles” Ford, and Brian Humphreys, the trigger man in Estella’s murder.
During one of their conversations, Ford told Humphreys he was worried members of the rap group would come after Estella for the robbery of RZA’s brother. During another exchange, Ford added that Brooker was also responsible for robberies against Raekwon’s cousin and RZA’s brother. Ford then accused RZA of placing a $30,000 hit on Brooker.
Federal prosecutors argued that Estella robbing RZA’s brother would be bad business for the drug trade, leading Christian and Ford to allegedly order Humphreys to kill Brooker. He escaped the shooting, but was killed three days later on June 22, 1999. His murder remains unsolved.
Anthony Christian’s lawyer, Michael Gold, told reporters he doesn’t believe members of the legendary rap group killed anyone. They may, however, have something to do with it.
The Staten Island Advance reports:
“These reports seem to suggest someone else was liable for those murders. I’m not suggesting that Wu-Tang committed these crimes. The FBI did,” Gold told the Advance Monday. “What I’m trying to ascertain is their stated belief in an official file that Wu-Tang ordered this homicide.”
Gold was referring to Wu-Tang founding member Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s 95-page FBI file. A heavily-redacted version of that file became public in 2012, following a Freedom of Information Act request.
Prosecutors contend, though, that Gold had access to all of the information referred to in that file prior to the trial, and that even so, none of it provided any evidence that may exonerate his client.
A letter to the U.S. Attorney’s office also claimed members of WTC have been involved in various crimes.
The New York Daily News reports:
“The Detectives have documented, in their case files that the WTC is heavily involved in the sale of drugs, illegal guns, weapons possession, murder, car jackings, and other types of violent crimes,” according to an FBI document.
“It is believed that the [REDACTED] sometimes carry out enforcement actions for the WTC which include beatings, shootings, and murder,” the U.S. Attorney’s office wrote in a letter to the judge.
Members of Wu Tang Clan haven’t yet released statements regarding the FBI’s investigation.