Baltimore woman shot dead in broad daylight was married to a convicted drug lord and an actor at the same time
A gunman reportedly chased down 44-year-old Bettie Jenifer on May 10 and shot her several times, with the kill shot being to the head
A woman who was fatally shot with a handgun as she was leaving work on Friday, May 10, was married to two men at the same time — a convicted drug lord and an acclaimed Ghanian actor.
According to the Baltimore Police, a gunman reportedly chased down 44-year-old Bettie Jenifer and shot her several times, with the kill shot being to the head. Greenbelt Police Department Spokesperson George Mathews said: "This happened in broad daylight, in front of multiple witnesses, right in front of an office complex."
ABC affiliate WJLA reported that Bettie had married actor Chris Attoh in October last year in Accra, the capital city of the West African nation of Ghana. NBC News reported that she did not file for divorce from her first husband, Kedrick Jenifer, until April 9 this year.
Jenifer has been serving his 20-year sentence for leading a drug trafficking ring ever since he pleaded guilty to dealing drugs and other charges, the Baltimore Sun had said at that time. According to the authorities, he oversaw several couriers, one of whom was shot in the back of the head in the city in 2012.
Greenbelt Police Department spokesperson George Mathews said in a statement: "We’re casting a wide net, looking at any and all information that could possibly help us apprehend who did this." The authorities said that Bettie was shot in a car park as she was leaving her office building at around 5:10 p.m. on Friday.
The authorities said that they are investigating all angles to the case, including a cryptic tweet from Attoh that was posted just four hours before his wife's murder. He tweeted: "When it comes to relationships, remaining faithful is never an option but a priority. Loyalty is ever…" Attoh's management company told Fox 5 DC: "He is grieving and has no comment at this stage."
Witnesses at the scene described a middle-aged black man wearing a black sleeveless top following her and then firing multiple times. Two of the rounds from his weapon were able to hit her as she fled. The horrific murder took place in front of 10 witnesses. The shooter, who is still at large, jumped into a blue car and escaped.
Mathews added: "Our investigators do not believe this was random. It was very brazen – 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."