Jury being picked in rape trial of pimp also accused in Strip slayings

Jury selection will continue today in the sexual assault trial of a self-proclaimed pimp who also faces first-degree murder charges in the deaths of three people in a Strip shooting earlier this year.

Ammar Harris, 27, was indicted in April on three counts of sexual assault and one count of robbery in the case.

The sexual assault case dates back to 2010, when Harris was arrested on charges he raped an 18-year-old woman.

The woman, who was a stripper at Little Darlings, told police she was staying at Harris’ home on June 3, 2010, when he forced her into a shower and raped her.

About two weeks later, she said, Harris choked her, stole $600 from her wallet and again sexually assaulted her in the shower.

The case languished in the courts until it was dropped because authorities could no longer find the woman.

After the Strip shooting, she was found and testified to the grand jury.

Jury selection began Monday.

Opening arguments could begin as early as this afternoon.

Harris is set to stand trial Dec. 2 in the fatal shooting of reputed pimp Kenneth “Kenny Clutch” Cherry Jr. as the two were driving separate vehicles on the Strip early in the morning of Feb. 21.

The shooting caused Cherry to crash his car into a taxicab, which burst into flames, killing the driver, Michael Boldon, and his passenger, Sandra Sutton-Wasmund of Maple Valley, Wash.

Harris faces nearly a dozen charges stemming from the incident, including three counts of first-degree murder, two counts of discharging a firearm into a vehicle, five counts of discharging a firearm out of a vehicle and attempted murder.

The district attorney’s office is seeking the death penalty for Harris if he is convicted in the Strip shooting case.

Contact reporter Francis McCabe at fmccabe@reviewjournal.com or 702-380-1039.