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Accused killer Ammar Harris allegedly smuggled phone in prison

Accused strip shooter allegedly used phone to dictate tweets, set up website from prison

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Updated: 8/08/2014 7:30 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- The families of those killed in the now infamous Las Vegas strip shooting and explosive crash are outraged to hear testimony that a prison guard helped to smuggle a cell phone to the accused killer Ammar Harris.

Tehran Boldon, brother to one of Ammar Harris’ alleged victims, says hearing Harris had a cell phone behind bars -- allegedly handed him by a jail employee -- hurt.

“It’s a stab in the eye,” Boldon said. “Who got it? Who did he talk to what did he say?”

A woman who was behind bars at the time says she heard the plan to smuggle phones to Harris herself.

“[They] put it in a box of Kentucky Fried Chicken and brought them to the CO, and the CO was supposed to smuggle them to the guy,” the woman said. “They got all the way to Ammar. And that’s how it happened because Ammar was setting up an escape plan with the phone.”

Tehran Boldon wants to know what else the phone was used for.

“He could have said ‘hide my money,’ ‘take this guy out,’ ‘do my business while I’m in prison,’” Boldon said.

Months ago, News 3 happened on to the twitter handle @NY, which appeared to be operated by Ammar Harris. We called police to see if Harris could indeed tweet from behind bars.

Metro denied that it was possible, even though the tweets were pretty specific and timed with Harris’ court hearings. The tweets included ones about facing the death penalty, how to write Harris and send photos and money, and one that’s a shout-out to Las Vegas Power 88 radio as a thanks for helping him not “bug out” in prison.

Then, the website appeared, featuring what appeared to be Ammar Harris. Holding a cell phone, along with an embedded twitter feed matching the one we spotted months ago.

A phone number was used to register the website connected to the Harris twitter feed.

Was Harris using the smuggled phone to dictate tweets and the creation of a website? A grieving family member of one of those who died on the Las Vegas strip wants to know.

“My brother is dead, and he gets to use telephones,” Boldon said. “My brother cannot communicate anymore. What about the rest of the inmates? What about the victims of the families?”



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