The Murder Tapes is examining the murder of Ahmad “Shah” Laster, who was gunned down by his cousin Clarence Murphy Jr outside his home in Palm Coast, Florida.
In the early hours of September 19, 2017, Laster’s neighbor awoke to the sound of gunfire, and when she looked outside, she saw Laster lying in the drive. He had been hit with a single bullet in the head. He was taken to a hospital but sadly died a short time later.
A few hours later, Laster’s cousin, Murphy, was arrested during a traffic stop and was charged with first-degree murder.
Strong evidence against Clarence Murphy in Ahmad Laster murder
This was pretty much an open and shut case. Murphy was spotted on surveillance footage shooting his cousin in the head following a brief argument on the street.
The pair can be seen arguing before Murphy turns and starts walking away, only to suddenly turn around and open fire. Family members identified him as the killer from the footage.
The investigators also came upon a text message from Murphy to Laster, which read: “U been stealing from everybody someone gonna stop u.” The message had been sent shortly before the murder.
Police concluded that the two cousins had fallen out over a drugs transaction. Laster had reportedly given Murphy an EBT card which was supposed to have $100 on it in exchange for drugs. Murphy was angered because the balance apparently fell short.
Despite pleading guilty to second-degree murder, the judge chose to dish out a fairly severe sentence for the crime. The judge took into account Murphy’s already lengthy criminal record and the fact he had violated his probation, meaning he was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
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The Murder Tapes air at 8/7c on Investigation Discovery.