Posted: Nov 24, 2004 6:50 pm
and THIS from the commercial appeal...
Suspects targeted Lawler
Officers accused of plotting burglary
By Chris Conley
November 24, 2004
Two Memphis police officers targeted professional wrestler Jerry 'The King' Lawler's home for burglary, under the impression he had $200,000 stashed in a jukebox.
But the flamboyant wrestler and one-time mayoral candidate says the would-be burglars wouldn't have gotten "anything but practice."
Lawler said he has a jukebox in his home, in the 5100 block of Walnut Grove, but it doesn't have $200,000 hidden in it.
Memphis police officers David Tate, 37, Billy Scott, 28, and a 21-year-old female accomplice, April Veach, were charged Monday with conspiring to burglarize the East Memphis home, and violate Lawler's civil rights as homeowner.
Lawler said his jukebox has about 100 CDs in it, "but not the kind you can take to the bank."
Tate was accused in an array of federal charges of taking bribes to tip off topless nightclubs when raids were coming, of taking prostitutes (actually undercover FBI agents) to "high rollers" at Tunica casinos and of protecting couriers taking Ecstasy and high-grade methamphetamine to a "buyer" in Tunica.
Fellow officer John Vaughan, 28, was charged with Tate in the drug counts.
Tate was captured on an FBI wiretap discussing the burglary, telling Veach he had the floor plan and that the owner wasn't home on Mondays.
He said he was prepared to fit Veach with a bulletproof vest because he believed the homeowner was armed and said he planned to wear a Pizza Hut uniform to case the place.
FBI agent George Bolds said Tuesday he couldn't confirm that Lawler was the intended victim. Privately, police said Lawler's home was the target.
Tate is recorded as saying "That (expletive) in that house has a pistol, I ain't goin' out like a punk. I'll light up, I'll light up their (expletive) world, doc."
He goes on to state, "I stand there, and I'll, I'll stand there and trade lead with 'em."
Lawler says he usually is out of town on Mondays.
"These guys sound so brazen," Lawler said. "It's shocking, the fact that some of our police are that corrupt. ... What kind of person would shoot somebody for $66,000?"
Lawler said he owns only an old 22-caliber rifle, and has very little of value -- other than sentimental -- in his home. "All they would have gotten is practice," he said.