Mayweather associate indicted in shooting

An associate of champion boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. was indicted by a grand jury on attempted murder charges related to an August shooting outside a Las Vegas skating rink.

Ocie Harris, 27, faces six felony counts, including two counts each of attempted murder with a deadly weapon and assault with a deadly weapon and one count each of carrying a concealed weapon and discharging a firearm into a vehicle.

District Judge Elissa Cadish on Wednesday set Harris’ bail at $140,000.

Although prosecutors had asked for $200,000 bail, Harris’ lawyer, Tom Pitaro, asked Cadish to carry over the bail of $7,500 that was set in Las Vegas Justice Court.

Pitaro then lashed out at prosecutors for seeking such a high bail.

Pitaro said authorities were unhappy that Harris previously made bail before he was interrogated. He suggested investigators wanted to press Harris during questioning to make a case against Mayweather.

Pitaro said that his client, who has no known felony or misdemeanor convictions, has appeared in previous hearings in Justice Court under the lower bail amount and that anything higher would be akin to the judge setting no bail.

"This case is more of a circus than it is a legitimate case against Mr. Harris," Pitaro said.

Pitaro indicated Harris works as a driver in Chicago and supports a girlfriend and several children. The lawyer presented Cadish with a letter of support from a Chicago city councilman who knows Harris.

Afterward, Pitaro said, "The setting of such a bail is absolutely outrageous. This poor guy is some sort of pawn in a game that’s going on with Mr. Mayweather."

Prosecutor Sam Bateman said the bail amount Cadish gave was appropriate considering the seriousness of the charges.

"That’s the bail that should have been set in Justice Court," Bateman said.

A warrant for Harris was issued, but Cadish said Harris has until May 4 to surrender or post bond.

Harris was first charged and extradited to Las Vegas from Chicago in March.

Bail was initially set at $7,500 by Justice of the Peace Tony Abbatangelo, who was represented by Pitaro in a domestic violence case for which the judge was sentenced to two days in jail after he pleaded no contest to misdemeanor battery domestic violence.

Prosecutors have said the bail Abbatangelo set was low considering the charges Harris faced. Such charges normally fetch a bail of $100,000, prosecutors have said.

Abbatangelo did not consult prosecutors about bail before setting it.

Authorities allege that about 10 p.m. on Aug. 23, Harris shot at a vehicle with two men in it, Quincey Williams, 25, and Damein Bland, 36, as they left the Crystal Palace Skating Center on Boulder Highway, north of Flamingo Road.

Authorities said the shooting happened after Williams and Bland were in a confrontation with Mayweather over an alleged threat the boxer sent to Williams via text message a few months earlier. No one was injured in the shooting.

Harris was employed as the boxer’s bodyguard at the time, according to witnesses.

Mayweather has not been charged.

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

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