The man serving 20 years behind bars for killing motivational speaker Jeffrey Locker is sticking to his story that he did not ‘murder’ Locker but simply provided him with a ‘building to jump off’.
Speaking out for the first time, Kenneth Minor, who was found guilty of second degree murder last April, tells how he held the knife but that Locker repeatedly plunged his body into the blade.
He has always maintained that Locker asked to be killed and said he wanted to die so his family could collect $12 million in life insurance.
Speaking out: Minor says that Locker repeatedly plunged himself into the knife that he simply held in place to help the debt-ridden speaker kill himself
‘I’ve always said I will pay for what I did. I will pay for the part that I played. It wasn’t murder. I just happened to be the building he jumped off,’ Minor said in his first interview, which airs on CBS on Saturday evening.
Locker, 52, was found bound and stabbed to death in his car, a 2007 Dodge Magnum, near an East Harlem public housing complex on 16 July, 2009.
A wire cord was wrapped around his neck and he had been stabbed multiple times in the heart, liver and lungs.
Minor, a computer technician with a criminal record for robbery and drug arrests, was arrested the following week after CCTV showed him taking $1,000 from ATMs using Locker’s bank card.
Minor describes how he tried to kill him with the wire but that it kept breaking so Locker ordered him to use a knife instead.
‘He said to hold it against the steering wheel with the blade facing him. I did that, and he leaned forward into the knife three to four times while I held it,’ Minor said.
Caught: Minor was arrested after surveillance video caught him using Locker’s bank cards to withdraw $1,000
‘He then told me to move the knife over to the other side where his heart is. I moved the knife over and he leaned forward into it a couple of more times. At that point, he was alive and breathing heavily. I got out of the car and threw the knife,’ he continued.
Tonight’s show, ’48 Hours Mystery’, details how Locker searched for a willing hitman in Harlem.
The first man he approached to help him kill himself was a homeless man called Melvin Flemming, who says he did not kill Locker but managed to con the debt-ridden speaker out of $7,000.
Then Locker found his man in Minor, who said he ‘felt bad for the guy’ and accepted his ATM and credit card as payment for the killing.
Claims: Minor admitted that he accepted debt-ridden motivational speaker Jeffrey Locker’s offer to pay to be killed and was found guilty of second degree murder
‘He said it had to look like a robbery so his family can get what they deserve,’ Minor wrote in a previous court statement.
Minor admits that he was ‘ kind of privileged’ to be chosen to help carry out the killing. ‘Nobody will ever see you again but me, and you chose me,’ he said in the interview.
At the time of his death the motivational speaker was in substantial debt, holding a large mortgage and several credit card bills while his business revenues fell.
He was also on the verge of declaring bankruptcy after he was caught up in a Ponzi scheme run by boy band impresario Louis Pearlman, the mastermind of ‘N Sync and the Backstreet Boys.
When police informed his family of his brutal murder they reportedly didn’t seem particularly upset or surprised. His young daughter reportedly asked if she could go back to bed when she heard the news.
The family never collected any insurance money after Locker’s bizarre death.