Rapper Belo Zero (a.k.a. Darnell Smith) of the Chicago group Do or Die is on trial for murder in the 2002 shooting of Raynard Pinkston. The rapper has been charged with first-degree murder but has been out on bail since shortly after his arrest.
Yesterday, Smith’s girlfriend, Felicia Hamilton, was ordered to be held without bail on two felony charges of communication with a witness and obstruction of justice. The charges stem from a March incident where she allegedly paid $500 to a witness -- who happened to be wearing a wire at the time -- and told the person not to show up in court.
Cook County prosecutor Brian Sexton also claims that three other witnesses have stated that Hamilton paid them off, and he believes all eight of the people who witnessed the shooting have been given money to skip court. Hamilton was initially held on $500,000 bail, but because she was in violation of her probation for a prior charge, bail was denied.
Do or Die consists of Smith and partners Nard and AK-47. They have worked with fellow Chicago artists such as Twista, Kanye West and Crucial Conflict, and had a hit with the 1996 single “Po Pimp.” (Guys, ya might wanna update that tune as “Incarcerated Pimp.”)