EXCLUSIVE UPDATE: Chris Lighty Death Investigation Continues; NYPD Accused Of Sloppy Investigating
(AllHipHop News) According to the New York Medical Examiner, Chris Lighty committed suicide on August 30, 2012.
The mogul, who worked with artists like Sean “Diddy” Combs, Missy Elliott, Mariah Carey, Busta Rhymes, 50 Cent and others, was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head in his Bronx, New York apartment, after an alleged argument with his wife Veronica, whom he was in the process of divorcing.
But an investigation ensued, after 50 Cent , business associates and even Chris Lighty’s own mother, questioned the circumstances surrounding her son’s death.
In September of 2012, 50 Cent hired a private investigator to look into a variety of questionable circumstances relating to the powerful music executive’s death.
50 Cent eventually hired attorney Scott E Leemon of Leemon Law and private investigator Les Levine, to spearhead the investigation.
“After many months of investigation, led by Les Levine, I am in a position to provide the following update on the inquiry into Darrell ‘Chris’ Lighty’s death,” Scott Leemon Esq. told AllHipHop.com in a statement released today (May 21, 2013).
According to Scott Leemon, after hours of interviews and reviewing a number of documents, many questions are still unanswered.
“The main problem that we encountered was that the NYPD did not do a thorough investigation into Chris’ death,” Scott Leemon told AllHipHop.com. “In fact, what they did do was cursory, at best.”
According to the investigation, the gun recovered at the scene was part of a multi-gun purchase in North Carolina.
“The weapon was never reported stolen. Despite this fact, no follow was done with the information nor was the individual ever interviewed,” Scott Leemon revealed to AllHipHop.com. “More importantly, no DNA tests were done on the gun.”
According to the investigation, the Medical Examiner never tested Chris Lighty’s hands or his clothes for gunshot residue.
“This is a simple test that can be done in hours. Luckily, records indicate that an actual sample was taken for this purpose, but it was never tested,” Leemon said.
According to Leemon, his team attempted to obtain the sample so it could be test, but the piece of evidence has sat dormant in the office of the Chief Medical Examiner .
“For months we have requested that the sample be tested and even offered to pay any costs relating to the testing, but our offer was ignored,” Scott Leemon told AllHipHop.com.
The investigation, which began in September 2012, is ongoing.
Scott Leemon said he is urging the Bronx County District Attorney to open a formal investigation into the death of Chris Lighty.
“I have met with a veteran prosecutor in the District Attorney’s Office to discuss this matter and hope for their continued cooperation in our search for the truth,” Scott Leemon told AllHipHop.com.