By Mark F. Gray, Special to the AFRO, [email protected]
Last weekend’s shooting of a woman in Greenbelt was more than just a random act of violence, authorities say. The death of Bettie Jenifer as she was walking from work to a parking lot was intentional and has linked her to a notorius drug ring in Baltimore and an actor in Hollywood.
“Somebody wanted her dead,” said George Matthews, spokesperson for Greenbelt Police. “It happened in broad daylight in front of multiple witnesses. And that’s very concerning, but we do not believe this was a random act.”
As Jenifer was leaving the office of the employment agency she owned on the 6300 block of Ivy Lane in Greenbelt around 5 p.m. Friday, Greenbelt Police say a gunman chased her down and shot several times, striking her twice before she later died. The attack was described as “brazen” by authorities since it wasn’t staged inconspicuously.
“It seems to be quite a complicated situation,” Matthews said in a broadcast report. ““The fact this was broad daylight, in front of multiple witnesses- whoever did this didn’t seem to matter to the person who committed this crime. So that in itself is extremely shocking.”
As the investigation continues, Greenbelt Police are still analyzing the layers of information surrounding Jenifer’s life, her relation to Hollywood and simultaneous marriages.
ABC-7 News in D.C. first reported a link between two husbands and two separate lives on both coasts. Jenifer, who was married to Nigerian actor Chris Attoh last October in Accra, Ghana, didn’t file for divorce from her first husband Kedrick Jenifer until April 15. Attoh is known for his role as “Kwame Mensah” in the Nigerian program “Tinsel.” He reportedly has been cooperating with local authorities although was believed to be distraught after this crime.
Earlier Friday afternoon, Attoh posted a message on his social media account via Twitter which has also added to the drama of this case. Attoh tweeted, “When it comes to relationships, remaining faithful is never an option but a priority. Loyalty is ever ”
“(Investigators) are aware of the tweets as well and that’s all part of the investigation,” said Mathews.
Meanwhile, Kedrick Arnold Jenifer, 44, of Bowie, is serving a 20 year sentence after pleading guilty to his involvement in an elaborate cocaine trafficking scheme in 2015.
According to his plea agreement and court documents, from September 2012 until his arrest in October 2014, Kedrick Jenifer was the head of a drug organization. He directed the collection and transportation of money from Maryland to Texas. The Jenifer organization would hide money in secret compartments in “courier vehicles” that were transported from Baltimore to Houston. Jenifer would then fly to Houston and obtain kilograms of cocaine from a source of supply. The cocaine was transported from Houston to Baltimore in the courier vehicles and Jenifer would return to Baltimore via commercial air carrier.
Kedrick was also ordered to forfeit four homes, seven vehicles including a Rolls Royce and a Ferrari, jewelry, a boat, guns and hundreds of thousands of dollars. He was also forced to relinquish ownership of a Rita’s Italian ice franchise in Baltimore that he co-owned, and which authorities alleged was used to launder money.
No arrests have been made in this case and investigators remain perplexed by the absence of witness accounts despite the incident occurring in early evening hours before the sun went down. Greenbelt police say they have no suspects and no motives. However, they are getting assistance from both local and federal agencies as they try to solve this crime.