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Lou Pearlman may be witness in murder case

Former music mogul Lou Pearlman hasn't been much help tracking down missing millions from the fraud scheme that landed him behind bars, but he found another way to help prosecutors.

Informing on a fellow inmate.

Orange-Osceola County prosecutors say Pearlman is a potential witness in the first-degree murder trial of Davin Smith, who is accused of killing off-duty Orlando police Officer Alfred Gordon last October.

The Orlando Sentinel reported Wednesday that Pearlman listened in on Smith's conversations with another inmate when the three were kept near one another in the Orange County Jail. Although Pearlman was alone in his cell, it obviously wasn't soundproof.

Pearlman took notes on the conversations, in which he said Smith admitted shooting Gordon, who was sitting in a bank parking lot. Pearlman turned his notes and diagrams over to investigators, who said they found the information useful.

Like many prisoners, Pearlman is hoping to get his sentence reduced.

He won international fame as the man behind *NSYNC, the Backstreet Boys and other boy bands, but he used a massive fraud scheme to prop up his empire. In June, Pearlman was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison after admitting to stealing $300-million from banks and investors, many of them from the Tampa Bay area. Last week, he was moved from the Orange County Jail to the U.S. Penitentiary in Atlanta.

Lou Pearlman may be witness in murder case 07/30/08 [Last modified: Thursday, July 31, 2008 2:10pm]
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