- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Former LSU and Southern University football player Nemessis Bates has been convicted of hiring hit men to kill a friend who had stolen from him, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite said.

Federal jurors on Thursday convicted Bates, 36, of soliciting a crime of violence, use of interstate commerce to commit murder-for-hire, causing death by shooting and conspiracy to possess firearms, Polite said in a news release.

Bates is originally from Vicksburg, Mississippi, and lives in Kenner, Louisiana. He is nicknamed “Nemo.” He was accused of paying Walter “Urkel” Porter and Aaron “Beadie” Smith $20,000 to kill Christopher Smith in November 2010. Christopher Smith was shot at least 20 times.

District Judge Sarah Vance scheduled Bates’ sentencing for Sept. 9. He could get up to life in prison.

Aaron Smith has pleaded guilty and awaits sentencing. Porter awaits trial on charges accusing him of shooting Christopher Smith.

Bates played for LSU in the late 1990s, then transferred to Southern University. While at Southern, he pleaded guilty in December 2000 to misdemeanor theft for removing a fan from its box, replacing it with a VCR and paying the store the fan’s cheaper price.

The New Orleans Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1Ijnskd ) that Bates testified Wednesday, saying he was not violent and had no inkling that the other men planned a hit until they demanded cash.

Aaron Smith testified that Bates wanted Christopher Smith dead because of the theft. He said he was wearing an electronic ankle monitor at the time, and enlisted Porter to kill Christopher Smith.

The two Smiths are not related.

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