An associate of rapper Waka Flocka Flame is facing the death penalty after he
was charged with 3 counts of murder in New York on Monday (13Feb12). Aspiring
hip-hop star Ra Diggs, real name Ronald Herron, was indicted in a Brooklyn
Federal Court for the slaying of Frederick Brooks in 2001, Richard Russo in
2008, and Victor Zapata in 2009 on Monday afternoon.
He was acquitted of the first killing after two witnesses refused to testify
against him, but he later bragged about getting away with murder on Twitter.com
and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly tells the New York Daily News, "His
Tweets were premature."
Herron has long been accused of being a gang leader of the drug enterprise
Gowanus Houses and now Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch is calling for
appropriate action, stating, "Ronald Herron and his gang terrorised a Brooklyn
community for more than a decade and he temporarily got away with murder by
threatening and intimidating witnesses only to return to the streets of
Brooklyn to kill and kill again."
Herron, who has been behind bars for 2 years on federal charges of running a
crack and heroin ring, faces the death penalty if convicted.