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Former LSU, Southern FB player convicted in murder-for-hire

1 year 11 months 3 weeks ago June 04, 2015 Jun 4, 2015 Thursday, June 04 2015 June 04, 2015 9:37 PM in News
Source: Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS - U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite says former LSU and Southern University football player Nemessis Bates has been convicted of hiring hit men to kill a friend who had stolen from him.

Polite says federal jurors convicted the 36-year-old Kenner man Thursday of soliciting a crime of violence, use of interstate commerce to commit murder-for-hire, causing death by shooting and conspiracy to possess firearms.

Bates - originally from Vicksburg, Mississippi - is called "Nemo." He was accused of paying Walter "Urkel" Porter and Aaron "Beadie" Smith $20,000 to kill Christopher Smith in November 2010. Christopher Smith was shot at least 20 times.

District Judge Sarah Vance scheduled Bates' sentencing Sept. 9. He could get up to life in prison.

Aaron Smith has pleaded guilty and awaits sentencing. Porter awaits trial on charges accusing him of shooting Christopher Smith.

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