Self-proclaimed pimp and accused Strip shooter in court

LAS VEGAS -- Ammar Harris is one of the most guarded inmates in the state of Nevada and he was back in a Las Vegas courtroom Wednesday.

Harris, who is accused of killing three people on the Las Vegas Strip, has been considered a high security risk inmate after he was busted with a cell phone behind bars. Shackled and surrounded by guards for maximum security, Harris appeared in Clark County District Court.

Harris was locked up at the High Desert State Prison in Indian Springs, northwest of Las Vegas. However, after the phone was discovered in June, Harris was moved to the Ely State Prison, roughly four hours away. His attorneys now want him transferred to the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas.

Legal motions have been flying back and forth. The defense says Harris needs to be in Las Vegas to get a fair trial. The district attorney's office wants him to remain at Ely. So does the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department which operates the detention center.

Before his arrest, Harris, a self-proclaimed pimp, flaunted hundreds of dollars he had made.

"I don't feel like counting anymore," he said to the camera.

Now he spends his time in high-security prison cell, roughly 245 miles away in Ely.

"We were told that he possessed a cell phone. That's what we've been told, and that's about the only thing we've been told, other than there's an ongoing investigation," defense attorney Robert Langford said.

He argued Harris should be transferred to the Clark County Detention Center so he can have better access to his client. Harris, who is now in prison on a rape conviction, is facing trial in the highly publicized shooting and fiery crash on the Las Vegas Strip in Feb. 2013 that left three people dead.

Harris is accused of shooting another reputed pimp as they drove in separate cars along the Las Vegas Strip. That deadly shooting led to a crash in which two people in a taxi cab were killed in a fiery crash.

"This is a complex case. The state is seeking the death penalty so it's important to do it right the first time, so it doesn't come back on appeal," Langford said.

"His lawyer should have to suck it up if they have to go to Ely," said Tehran Boldon, the brother of one of the crash victims.

His brother, Michael, was driving his taxi when he was killed in the violent chain-reaction crash. Boldon doesn't think Harris should be getting any breaks. He says Harris obviously can't follow the rules in prison.

After a short court session, Harris was sent back to Ely. He never spoke while in court except to his attorney.

Judge Kathleen Delaney pointed out that she doesn't have the authority to rule which prison an inmate belongs at, but Harris will be brought back to CCDC closer to his trial. At this point, no trial date has been set.






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