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Pair Plead Not Guilty To Stevie Wonder Extortion

09:01 AM Friday 7/27/12 | |

Two people charged with extorting 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 Thursday and will return to court in the future for a pretrial hearing.

It was the pair’s first court appearance since a judge determined there was enough evidence for them to stand trial earlier this month.

  • Stevie Wonder

    East Room @ The White House, Washington, D.C.
    May 9, 2012

    (AP Photo)

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Walker is Wonder’s cousin and is accused of trying to extort the Grammy-winning musician over a video that portrays Wonder negatively. Walker and Diaz, his girlfriend, were arrested in May after receiving $10,000 from Wonder’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.


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