A California man who allegedly was captured on video rapping about killing his girlfriend just after she disappeared has now been charged with her murder.
Robert Anthony Camou, 27, is facing one count of murder with a special circumstance allegation of killing a witness in the slaying of 31-year-old Amanda Custer, which occurred while he was out on bond for an earlier domestic violence incident between the pair, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday.
Authorities believe Custer, a single mother, was killed on or around July 29.
Shortly after Custer disappeared, Camou reportedly took the stage at an open-mic night at a Los Angeles bar on July 30 and rapped about killing his girlfriend to the stunned crowd.
“I kill my b--- and bury that b---- in the f---king dirt,” he allegedly sang according to The New York Post. “The cops trying to look for me and I’m f---king trying to shut my mouth.”
The performance was captured on cell phone video by bar patron Michael Moore.
“At first it was like, did he say that? He said that. And he said it with such force,” Moore later told the media. “I think that everyone in the bar that heard him kinda stopped. Time just stopped. And there were some hardcore rappers up in there, and they stopped.”
Camou and Custer reportedly had a tumultuous relationship that included numerous domestic violence incidents during the two years they were together, according the City News Service.
On April 22, prosecutors said Camou beat and strangled Custer, while also threatening her with a Taser. Custer fled and tried to get help at a nearby residence, but prosecutors said Camou chased her down and battered an elderly male who tried to intervene.
Camou was arrested after that incident and charged with first-degree burglary, injuring a girlfriend, assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury, and a misdemeanor count of battery, CBS LA reports.
Camou was out on bail for that attack when prosecutors allege he killed Custer. The day she disappeared, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Scott Hoglund said witnesses reported seeing Camou load a “lifeless” body into his Prius, according to KTLA. Authorities say they also found blood and evidence of an assault at a home where Custer was last seen, suggesting some type of altercation had occurred.
Custer's body has not yet been recovered.
If convicted, Camou faces the death penalty or life without the possibility of parole.
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