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From: Frederick Zackel (fzackel@wcnet.org)
Date: 12 Aug 2009

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    (Miles Archer Redux)

    A Call Turns Deadly For Potential Witness Victim Targeted for Drug Case, Officials Say

    By Del Quentin Wilber Washington Post Staff Writer Wednesday, August 12, 2009

    Andre Hayes's phone rang one October afternoon, and a mysterious woman was on the line. She had called the wrong number, she told him. But she didn't hang up. They bantered a bit. They flirted. She said he sounded nice.

    Over the next week, they spoke or texted by cellphone more than 100 times. As he drove to meet her on Halloween night, they chatted for 29 straight minutes. And then, as he awaited their rendezvous in a dark suburban driveway, Hayes was shot dead.

    It soon became obvious to investigators that the mystery woman had not been looking for love, according to federal authorities who have recently detailed Hayes's last days in court papers and at a hearing. In fact, they allege, she seduced the 32-year-old on behalf of her boyfriend, an accused drug dealer hoping to eliminate Hayes, a key witness against him in a federal drug case.

    The intimidation and killing of witnesses happens with chilling regularity in the Washington area, federal and local authorities say. Since early last year, according to D.C. police sources, at least three witnesses have been killed on District streets as a result of their cooperation. Two weeks ago, Prince George's County officials announced that they had obtained indictments against two brothers on charges of conspiring to kill a crucial witness to another slaying.

    In Hayes's case, a review of court papers and interviews with his friends and family provide a rare window into what federal prosecutors have described as a determined effort to eliminate a man whose testimony could mean years behind bars for an accused drug dealer.

    "Andre Hayes went there because he was lured," Assistant U.S. Attorney Darlene Soltys said at a recent hearing in the District's federal court ...

    ("Send her in," said Spade, and he shuddered.)

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