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Ammar Harris Update: Death penalty to be sought against Las Vegas Strip shooting suspect, report says

This photo provided by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows Ammar Harris in a booking photo from a 2012 arrest in Las Vegas. Police have identified Harris as a suspect in a shooting that sent a Maserati into a taxi that exploded, killing three people on Feb. 21, 2013 in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department) Uncredited

Ammar Harris in a booking photo from a 2012 arrest in Las Vegas.
AP Photo/Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
(CBS/AP) LOS ANGELES - Prosecutors will seek the death penalty against Ammar Harris, the man charged in a deadly shooting and fiery crash that erupted on the Las Vegas Strip in February, the Las Vegas Sun reports.

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According to the paper, District Attorney Steve Wolfson filed the notice of intent to seek the death penalty after a special panel in the Clark County District Attorney's office reviewed the case and made its recommendation.

Harris, 26, was arrested on Feb. 28 in Los Angeles, ending a weeklong manhunt that began after the Feb. 21 early morning shooting and crash that killed three people and injured five others on the Las Vegas Strip.

Authorities allege Harris was driving his black Range Rover SUV when he fired at least five shots into a Maserati sports car, killing Kenneth Wayne Cherry Jr., a rapper who called himself Kenny Clutch.

The two men had argued minutes earlier in a casino valet, police said at the time of the arrest.

After Cherry was struck, the Maserati careened into a taxi that exploded in a fireball and killed the cab driver, 62-year-old Michael Boldon, and his passenger, 48-year-old Sandra Sutton-Wasmund.

Freddy Walters, a passenger in Cherry's Maserati, was shot in the arm, but survived. Four people in four other vehicles were also injured, none seriously, in the chain-reaction crashes.

Walters is named in the indictment in connection with an attempted murder count, the Las Vegas Sun reports.

Harris is a convicted felon in South Carolina who shows fists full of money on Internet posts and boasts of a high-rolling lifestyle with prostitutes in Miami and Las Vegas.

According to the paper, Harris was arrested in Las Vegas in 2010 on charges of pandering, kidnapping, sexual assault and coercion. The charges were later dropped, but after Harris' Feb. 2013 arrest, a witness reportedly re-emerged and he was indicted last month on three counts of sexual assault and one count of robbery in connection with the 2010 arrest.

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