Prosecutors: UCLA Law Student Who Doubled As Drug Dealer Murdered Over Payment

Prosecutors allege the student was a drug courier involved in a bicoastal cocaine ring.

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

The case of a UCLA law student living a double life is at trial. Prosecutors claim that the student was murdered in New York City in 2012 due to a drug deal gone wrong. According to the NY Post, the student was a drug courier involved in a bicoastal cocaine ring and the murder occurred when the buyer didn’t want to pay for a previous shipment.

In December 2012, Brandon Woodard was killed in Midtown Manhattan when he was attemping to collect $161,000 from Lloyd McKenzie. Per prosecutors, Woodard had already given McKenzie five kilos of cocaine earlier. “Rather than pay him for the cocaine, he had a bullet fired through Brandon Woodard’s skull,” Assistant District Attorney Jon Veiga said in court on Tuesday.

McKenzie’s lawyer disregard this theory, saying the motive didn't make sense. 

In 2015, McKenzie was charged on several counts including second-degree murder, conspiracy, operating as a major drug trafficker and criminal possession of a weapon. He pled not guilty.

The NY Times shared that drug ring ran from California to New York City and included a father and son, an employee at an insurance company and a cocaine supplier.  McKenzie was part of the New York group while Woodard traveled back and forth and collected cash payments for drugs that had been shipped. They shipped the drugs in U.P.S. packages, according to the indictment. McKenzie had apparently run late on payments. That's when he and another person arranged to meet Woodard. The two drove up, with McKenzie driving, and the gunman in the passenger side shot Woodard in the neck.

Surveillance video (in the main image above) captured Woodard with the gunman walking behind him.

[Photo: NYPD]








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