Ammar Harris, the man accused of being responsible for the fiery Las Vegas strip shooting and subsequent crash that killed three people, has caused quite a stir even when incarcerated.
Harris was unable to get along with his court-appointed lawyers from the Public Defenders office and private counsel, paid for by the state and taxpayers, was granted to defend him.
The granting of private counsel has angered and outraged many Las Vegas residents since Harris boasted online about how much money he had.
He made a video, Count with me, where he counts out $8,300 in hundred dollar bills and says that he another bag of money. Harris also says that he makes that much money in one day.
Since his business dealings and any holdings are likely in cash, the courts could not verify if he had the funds to pay for his own counsel when he said he did not have the money.
Harris potentially faces the death penalty if found guilty so what seems like preferential treatment is actually a smart move by the state to ensure that he does not have grounds to file an appeal for ineffectual counsel.
In addition to the upcoming murder trial, Harris was found guilty of charges related to a sexual assault on an 18-year-old woman at an apartment located just off the Las Vegas Strip.
His sentencing date in early December might be pushed back again.
Harris’ murder trial was slated to commence on Dec., 2, and that date will likely be postponed as well.