ANOTHER CVP EXCLUSIVE: A judge in Hackensack is expected to rule Tuesday on whether the man accused of murdering rapper Kampane, burning his body and then leaving it in a car on a Paramus side street was properly read his rights before being questioned by police.
An attorney for Randy K. Manning made the request of Superior Court Judge Edward Jerejian today, contesting the August 2001 arrest.
Jerejian said he would review the videotaped questioning of Manning before issuing his ruling ( MUGSHOT, ABOVE: Courtesy Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office ).
If he rejects Public Defender Tana McPherson’s motion, the judge said, he will likely set a March trial date.
Manning, 32, a national of Trinidad and Tobago who used to live on Belmont Street in Englewood before moving to Brooklyn, faces a long list of charges, beginning with first-degree murder. He continues to be held on more than $2 million bail in the Bergen County Jail.
Prosecutors said Manning lured Kampane to a vacant house on Tryon Avenue in Englewood in August 2011, after hitting malls in Paramus and stores elsewhere.
Sometime after they broke in, Manning shot Kampane — whose real name was Rhian H. Stoute — with a .40-caliber handgun several times in the head and chest, Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli told CLIFFVIEW PILOT at the time. Manning then set a fire to try and destroy the evidence, he said.
As CLIFFVIEW PILOT reported exclusively, Stoute was shot once in the head, once in the neck and once in the shoulder.
“The shooting may have been related to a dispute or involvement over money” and not Stoute’s “status as a performer,” Molinelli said.
He said Manning took off in Stoute’s black 2001 Chevy Tahoe after the killing, heading to Brooklyn. He returned to the murder scene the next day, “removed the charred body of Rhian Stoute from the house and placed it into the rear cargo” of the vehicle, the prosecutor said.
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He then drove it to Paramus, where he “randomly selected” Village Circle West and abandoned the SUV there, he said.
As he ran from the Tahoe, Manning tossed clothing and other evidence, Molinelli said. Walking up to Route 4 and Forest Avenue, he called and was picked up by a friend, Delray Clarke, of Belmont Street in Englewood, the prosecutor said.
A neighbor called Paramus police just before 8 a.m. that morning to report a suspicious vehicle with New York license plates on the block. Looking through the windows, the responding officers could see Kampane’s body.
An autopsy by the Bergen County Medical Examiner determined that he succumbed to “multiple gunshot wounds” before his body was torched.
An 18-count indictment returned by a Bergen County grand jury in June 2011 names Manning, Clarke and Manning’s girlfriend Natuchka Etienne – who lived with him in Brooklyn and “tried to create a false alibi” for him, Molinelli said.
Altogether, Manning is accused of murder, felony murder, arson, possession of a hangun with the intent to cause bodily harm or death, desecration of human remains, breaking into a house owned by Sulanch Lewis, moving the body, concealing evidence, giving police false information, and stealing Stoute’s SUV.
Authorities say he also induced Etienne to give false information to police.
Clarke is charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, concealing a weapon, helping Manning by providing a gun, money, transportation and a disguise, concealing the weapon and giving false information to police.
Etienne is charged with giving false information, as well.
Manning, who is unemployed, served a little over a month in jail before being released on probation for two years after he was convicted in April 2008 of eluding police, records show.
The case was cracked by Molinelli’s Major Crimes Squad, the Paramus Police Department and the Englewood Police Department.
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Born in Brooklyn, raised in Flatbush, Stoute was related to the producer J Runnah, who has worked with Jay Z, among others.
“It’s all about the game and how you play your cards,” Stoute sang, touting the joys of living and enjoying the rewards of his new-found fame.
He released his first mix tape in 1997, then went on tour in 2000 with J Runnah and Roc-a-Fella, learning the music business, according to his website, iamkampane.com.
He was in the middle of a major promotional push behind his new music video, “What You Drinkin’ On,” a playful tune, complete with one-liners and wordplay about champagne and other spirits. “This is Part One / I’m tryin’ to get to Part Two,” he sings. “Let’s get it on.”
Stoute would have turned 34 two weeks after he was murdered.
STORY: Mary K. Miraglia, CLIFFVIEW PILOT Courthouse Reporter