Chris Attoh with Bettie Jenifer
Bettie Jenifer, deceased wife of Chris Attoh was already married before she decided to tie the knot with the Ghanaian actor and broadcaster.
She was married to 47-year-old Kedrick Jenifer, who is currently serving a 20-year prison sentence for importing large amounts of cocaine into Baltimore from Texas, NEWS-ONE has gathered.
Bettie, 44, was shot dead on Friday while leaving her Maryland office, according to police report. She left her office in the 6300 block of Ivy Lane about 5:00 pm and was walking to her car when a man armed with a handgun approached her.
When she tried to run away, the man followed her and fired multiple rounds. At least one bullet struck her in the head, police said.
The suspect took off in a vehicle. Police described the suspect as black and having a thin build with black hair. He was wearing dark clothing and may have been in a blue car.
Chris Attoh, who got married to Bettie in October 2018 following his divorce from his first wife, DamiloIa Adegbite, has been quiet.
He has also declined to comment on the death of his wife and issues relating to their marriage.
According to spokesperson for his talent agency called Waka Talent Agency, the family wants to mourn in private.
“Waka Talent Agency is saddened by the death of Bettie Jenifer, who was married to our client, Mr. Chris Attoh. We would like to note that the family has requested to mourn in private and therefore will not be doing any press interviews or commenting on the death,” USA news outlet Nbcwashington.com quoted the spokesman.
The US website described Bettie’s first husband as a “drug Lord’.
The U.S. District Attorney’s Office has also said the kingpin’s “Jenifer drug trafficking organization” distributed at least 450 kilograms of cocaine in Baltimore and Woodbridge, Virginia.
“Kedrick Jenifer lived large as a major Baltimore drug dealer, but now he will lose all of his toys and live for two decades in federal prison,” U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein said in a news release after his sentencing, according to The Baltimore Sun.
Court records show that Kedrick Jenifer filed for a divorce on April 9. Bettie Jenifer then filed for divorce six days later. USA police confirmed Bettie’s shooting was targeted and not a random incident.