GREENBELT, Md. (ABC7) — The woman shot and killed while leaving her office in Greenbelt Friday afternoon was the wife of two men – a famous Ghanaian actor and a convicted drug trafficker, according to police and Maryland court records.
Bettie Jenifer, 44, of Bowie, left the employment agency she owned on the 6300 block of Ivy Lane in Greenbelt around 5 p.m. Friday. Greenbelt Police said when she got to the parking lot, a gunman chased her down and shot multiple times, striking her twice.
“Once fatally in the head,” said Greenbelt Police Department Spokesperson George Mathews. “This happened in broad daylight, in front of multiple witnesses, right in front of an office complex.”
Mathews called it a brazen attack and said investigators are sifting through layers of information surrounding the victim.
“Somebody wanted her dead,” he said.
The May 10 shooting was Greenbelt’s first homicide of 2019, and it quickly unfolded into a movie-like tragedy.
ABC7 News uncovered Jenifer had two husbands. She married Ghanaian actor Chris Attoh in October 2018 in Accra, Ghana. According to court records, Jenifer filed for divorce from her first husband Kedrick Jenifer just last month on April 15.
Four and a half hours before her murder, her husband of seven months, Attoh tweeted, “When it comes to relationships, remaining faithful is never an option but a priority. Loyalty is ever ”
“(Investigators) are aware of the tweets as well and that’s all part of the investigation,” said Mathews.
Entertainment sites in Ghana spread the news about the murder of the actor’s wife and shared photos of the 2018 wedding.
Jenifer shared a home on Mill Branch Road in Bowie, MD with Kedrick Jenifer before his arrest. That husband is the convicted leader of a drug trafficking ring serving two decades in prison after he pled guilty in 2015.
According to 2016 article from the Baltimore Sun, one of the drug ring’s couriers was fatally shot in the back of the head on Oct. 20, 2012. Jenifer was not charged in the killing.
Greenbelt Police are working to find the person or people responsible for Friday’s murder.
“We’re looking at everything right now,” said Mathews.