DA seeks justice, death penalty for Strip shooting suspect

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Ammar Harris is booked into the Clark County Detention Center. (File/Source: LVMPD) Ammar Harris is booked into the Clark County Detention Center. (File/Source: LVMPD)

Clark County's district attorney said his decision to seek the death penalty against Ammar Harris comes down to one word: justice. Harris is accused of killing three people on the Las Vegas Strip in February.

For the first time on Thursday, Steve Wolfson opened up about his role in the case and why he wants Harris on Nevada's death row.

Wolfson said he thought about the death sentence for Harris early on in the investigation. When his committee of senior prosecutors met this week to talk about it, it took an hour of deliberations to make the final decision.

"Three people lost their lives in a very horrific manner," said Wolfson.

Wolfson said seeking the death penalty for Harris didn't come lightly but after looking at Harris' background, criminal history and the facts of the case, his decision was clear.

"We looked at the degree of careless and reckless behavior," said Wolfson. "This was a brazen act."

It's an act that prosecutors said took the lives of three people on the Las Vegas Strip back in February.

Harris is accused of shooting Kenny Cherry Jr., who then crashed his Maserati into a taxi cab, causing an explosion. Driver Michael Boldon was inside the cab along with his passenger Sandra-Sutton Wasmund.

"If it had gone the other way and he had not pursued the death penalty then I would have been very disappointed," said Michael Boldon's brother Tehran.

Tehran Boldon said he's pleased the district attorney is pursuing a punishment that he's wanted since Harris' arrest.

"Basically I want it all or nothing," said Tehran Boldon. "My brother is not coming back. I don't think this man should be allowed to breathe air. He took my brother and killed three people."

"We are very protective of our No. 1 industry of tourism, and the gaming industry and the Strip," said Wolfson. "But at the end of the day it's justice."

Wolfson said if a jury convicts Harris and gives him the death penalty, suspects are rarely executed in Nevada because they fight it for years.

State law requires the district attorney's office to seek the death penalty within 30 days after the trial stage begins. Otherwise, a jury won't have the option.

Harris is due back in court next Monday for his arraignment where he's expected to enter a plea. He is being held at the Clark County Detention Center without bail.

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