Jury: Patty LaBelle’s bodyguard not guilty of assault


by KHOU.com staff


Posted on November 11, 2013 at 6:37 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 11 at 11:23 PM

HOUSTON – Jurors have found Grammy Award-winning singer Patti LaBelle’s body guard not guilty of assault.

Labelle’s bodyguard Efrem Holmes faced misdemeanor assault charges for allegedly striking an intoxicated man at Bush Intercontinental Airport in 2011.

Richard King, a 23-year-old West Point Cadet, had a blood-alcohol level of point 2.8 -- triple the legal limit.
King admitted he had been drinking before he approached LaBelle’s limousine outside Bush airport. He told a jury last Thursday that he had four drinks on the plane and another at the airport before he approached the singer’s car.

He said the next thing he remembered was waking up in a hospital bed.

King was originally charged with assault before the surveillance video suggested it was LaBelle’s bodyguard who was the aggressor.

Witnesses testified that King shouted racial slurs at Labelle and punched her son before the bodyguard took action.

King suffered a concussion and needed staples to close a cut on his head after the confrontation.

The jury got the case just after 12 p.m. and deliberated for nearly four hours.