As previously reported, Fletcher was murdered in the Bronx on Sunday, September 27, 2009 after allegedly being ambushed by several men.
Investigators believe the murder was in retaliation for Fletcher’s 2007 assault on then-14-year-old son of James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond – manager of rapper and G-Unit castoff Game – during which Fletcher flashed a gun at the boy.
Fletcher pled guilty and was sentenced to nine months in jail to run concurrently with an already existing two-and-a-half-year sentence for drug possession. Just two weeks after his parole, he was murdered. Federal agents reportedly believe Rosemond financed the hit, yet he was never charged.
In a statement to MTV News, Rosemond’s lawyer, Jeffrey Lichtman said “The only ‘evidence’ tying that murder to Jimmy Rosemond is the uncorroborated word of a criminal seeking to get out from under a lengthy jail sentence. Prosecution witnesses have been bribed and threatened, solely in an effort to convict Jimmy, a target of the US Attorney’s office for years.”
Now, according to The Smoking Gun, two affiliates of Rosemond have been charged with Fletcher’s murder.
Based on a federal indictment, The Smoking Gun reports that “Rodney Johnson, 37, was charged with plotting with unnamed co-conspirators to orchestrate the homicide. He is alleged to have agreed to pay Brian McCleod and ‘others known and unknown’ to kill Fletcher. The 40-year-old McCleod agreed to commit the killing ‘in exchange for narcotics.’”
The indictment states that “Johnson and McCleod caused the death of Lowell Fletcher” but lacks further details about who shot Fletcher or which parties were present during the crime.
Johnson, McCleod and two other men have also been charged with operating a drug ring that planned to ship cocaine from Los Angeles to New York using delivery companies such as Federal Express, with Rosemond suspected as the head of the group’s East Coast drug operations. Since being fingered in that crime last May, Rosemond has been on the run from the law.
This is the latest news this week involving Rosemond. On Wednesday (June 15) a man came forward and claimed that the Czar Entertainment CEO paid him $2,500 to rob Tupac Shakur at New York City’s Quad Studios in 1994. As hip-hop fans remember, ‘Pac was shot at the studio during that incident, which lead to an ongoing fatal feud with The Notorious B.I.G. The NYPD is investigating the validity of the statements made by Dexter Issac, a convict currently serving life in federal prison for murder and robbery charges.
Stay tuned to XXLMag.com as this story develops. —Lauren Carter