Sunday 22 October 2017

Duo accused in Stevie Wonder trial

Two people have pleaded not guilty to trying to extort singer Stevie Wonder
Two people have pleaded not guilty to trying to extort singer Stevie Wonder

Two people charged with extorting singer Stevie Wonder have pleaded not guilty in a Los Angeles court.

District attorney's spokeswoman Jane Robison says Alpha L Walker and Tamara Diaz entered the pleas on Thursday and will return to court in the future for a pre-trial hearing.

Walker is Stevie's cousin and is accused of trying to extort the Grammy-winning musician over a video that portrays the star negatively. Walker and Diaz, his girlfriend, were arrested in May after receiving 10,000 US dollars (£6,373) from Stevie's attorney in a police sting.

Walker's attorney says his client simply made a movie about his life and his actions are protected by the First Amendment, which guarantees freedom of speech.

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