Friday, October 9, 2009

Brazilian crime show host accused of killing to boost ratings turns himself in

Wallace Souza, a former TV crime show host and state legislator accused of commissioning killings to boost ratings turned himself in to authorities Friday and was jailed on homicide and drug trafficking charges. Souza has repeatedly proclaimed his innocence, but a state legislative committee ousted him from his post last week.

A new warrant was issued for the 2007 killing of drug trafficker Cleomir Pereira Bernardino, though it was not one of the five slayings under investigation that appeared on his "Canal Livre" crime show. Souza is accused of renting the car that Bernardino's killers used in their attack.

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