Kenneth ‘Supreme’ McGriff Found Guilty Of Murder Conspiracy

A jury

has found Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff guilty of killing two rivals in

2001. The

jury reached a verdict today (Feb. 1) after five days of deliberation and found

McGriff guilty of paying $50,000 to gun down rivals Troy Singleton and Eric "E

Money Bags" Smith. McGriff

was convicted of murder conspiracy and drug dealing charges for masterminding

the 2001 slayings of Smith and Troy Singleton, reputed rival drug dealers.McGriff

ordered surveillance of Smith, who was gunned down in his SUV in July 2001. The

government accuses McGriff of ordering the murder to avenge the death of Colbert

"Black Just" Johnson and for allegedly assaulting Murder Inc. mogul

Irv Gotti. Singleton

was murdered execution style in 2001. He was shot four times, in the body and

head outside a sports bar, the Club Van Wyck in Queens. Prosecutors

allege McGriff ordered Singleton’s slaying as revenge for an earlier double homicide

Singleton allegedly committed. Officials

have claimed that McGriff secretly controlled rap label Murder Inc, which was

founded by mogul Irv "Gotti" Lorenzo and is home to superstars like

rapper Ja Rule and songstress Ashanti. Gotti

and his brother Christopher Lorenzo were acquitted of laundering millions of dollars

in drug proceeds for McGriff in 2005. McGriff

was the founder of The Supreme Team, a Queens, NY based drug dealing organization

that was chronicled in Ethan Brown’s book Queen’s Reign’s Supreme: Fat Cat,

50 Cent and The Hip-Hop Hustler.McGriff’s

attorneys maintain that he stopped dealing drugs in the 1980’s to pursue a legitimate

career in the music industry. A

jury will decide if McGriff will face the death penalty for his crime, although

Federal Judge Frederic Block said that it was unlikely McGriff would get the death

penalty. "There’s

no chance in the world there would be a death-penalty verdict in this case,"

Judge Block wrote in a letter. "This is an absurd prosecution, based upon

what I have heard…If I’m wrong, I will have egg on my face, but I will not be

incorrect."McGriff’s

attorneys maintain that he stopped dealing drugs in the 1980’s to pursue a legitimate

career in the music industry.

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