The files emerged recently during a federal trial of two Staten Island drug kingpins, Anthony and Harvey Christian, who last October were found guilty of orchestrating a 20-year drug empire in the borough’s Clifton neighborhood. A jury also found Anthony Christian guilty of arranging the murder of 17-year-old Jerome (“Boo Boo”) Estella.
These documents are of great importance to the Christian brothers, whose sentencing is coming up, as they may provide evidence to the contrary. As the Staten Island Advance reports, the documents note that Estella, as well as another man named Corey (“Shank Bank”) Brooker, may have been targeted because they’d previously robbed the family members of Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA and Raekwon.
Now, Anthony Christian’s lawyer, Michael Gold, is insisting that all relevant police files regarding Wu’s possible involvement be handed over, in hopes that they might help exonerate his client. He maintains that these reports will allege that Estrella was killed “at the instruction of members of the Wu-Tang Clan, a rap group, as revenge for robberies.” Gold has his eyes set on one file in particular, Wu’s Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s nearly 100-page document; it had been released back in 2012, but was heavily redacted.
“These reports seem to suggest someone else was liable for those murders. I’m not suggesting that Wu-Tang committed these crimes. The FBI did,” Gold told the Advance. “What I’m trying to ascertain is their stated belief in an official file that Wu-Tang ordered this homicide.”
Last month, prosecutors responded with a filing that describes all the information Gold had been sent during the trial’s discovery period. As the Advance states, “Federal prosecutors filed the documents to establish that they had, in fact, revealed the Wu-Tang Clan’s potential ties to Estella’s murder to defense attorneys before the trial began.” This information was based on interviews with Brian Humphreys, a former Bloods member turned informant, who was reportedly the “trigger-man” in Estella’s killing.
“A couple of weeks before the Boo Boo [Estella] shooting, Uncles (the street name of drug supplier-turned-informant Paul Ford) told Humphreys about a Blood named Boo Boo who just came home from jail,” reads the filing, adding, “He stated that Boo Boo had robbed RZA’s little brother and had also gotten into something with the Christian brothers.”
“Uncles was talking about Boo Boo and said that he had just come home and robbed RZA’s brother and that they would likely come after him for that. Humphreys believes Uncles was referring to members of Wu Tang.”
What’s more, those same filings from the prosecutors also mentioned a few conversations between an informant who went by the name Ford, Humphreys, and Anthony Christian about Brooker. According to the documents, Ford said Brooker had robbed RZA’s brother and Raekwon’s cousin, and that RZA responded by issuing a $30,000 bounty for Brooker’s murder.
“Ford stated that he had previously heard that Shank Bank [Brooker] was killed by Phife (ph). Ford believes that Phife collected money from RZA for executing the hit,” the documents read.