@dondivamagazine > Wayne Perry (a.k.a. Nkosi Shaka Zulu-El) was certainly well-known to Washingtonians during #thecrackera. Perry worked as a hitman for cocaine kingpin Alberto “Alpo” Martinez. According to the FBI, Perry was considered to be the most violent man in the Washington, DC area. Law enforcement said that Perry was dangerous because he would kill where least expected. He was known to pop up in broad daylight and down a victim in the middle of a crowd with no mask. He knew witnesses would be too terrified to talk.
Upon his arrest, Alberto Martinez decided he would trade his life for the life of the man who protected him the streets, Wayne Perry. Martinez’s testimony would ensure that Perry received the death penalty. On March 5, 1993, based on Martinez’s cooperation, the feds brought a 27-count indictment against Perry that included the murders of nine people in the furtherance of a continuing criminal enterprise, racketeering conspiracy, conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, retaliating against a witness, kidnapping and robbery. Martinez was put into the witness protection program for his testimony against Perry. Perry’s would be the first death penalty case brought in DC since 1971.
Perry would eventually plead guilty to five murders in the furtherance of a continuing criminal enterprise without cooperating with the government. In return for his guilty plea, a number of his relatives and friends were not indicted and others received lesser sentences. Instead of the death penalty, Perry was sentenced to five life sentences with parole to serve his time in federal prison.
Check out Don Diva back issue #53 to read our exclusive 2014 feature on Wayne Perry with words from the man himself.