Rapper wanted in '93 shooting surrenders

March 04, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

An aspiring local rapper wanted on a 10-year-old arrest warrant on two counts of assault with intent to murder surrendered to city police last night.

Detectives were notified shortly before 6 p.m. that Otis Watford, whose stage name is "Tuff Lungs," had surrendered to authorities at Central Booking and Intake Center. He was jailed there last night pending a bail hearing.

Watford, 30, of the 2300 block of Norfolk St. is accused of shooting a man in the abdomen and a woman in the thigh after an argument June 19, 1993, according to the statement of charges filed two days later in District Court. Both survived.

In addition to the two counts of assault, Watford was charged with using a handgun in committing a crime, carrying a handgun and unlawful discharge of a firearm.

According to the charging document, Watford was visiting Kim Kelly, then 24, at her home in the 4200 block of Prudence St. at 10 p.m. when her boyfriend, Maurice Chase, then 29, showed up. An argument ensued, and Watford "pulled out a silver revolver and shot Chase at point-blank range," the document said.

Kelly was shot in the right thigh when she tried to intervene, the document said.

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