“American Idol” singer Leroy Wells arrested after allegedly shooting several people
An old American Idol the candidate is accused of shooting several people in a recording studio in Mobile, Ala., on December 12. Leroy Wells, who auditioned the American Idol in 2005, reportedly shot two victims and they sustained non-life threatening injuries. The singer surrendered to authorities at the Mobile County Metropolitan Jail on December 15.
Wells was recording at Kingdom Enterprises when he allegedly shot and killed two anonymous victims at around 10:50 p.m. on December 15, police said, report AL.com. The victims were taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for their injuries, Mobile Police spokeswoman Officer Katrina Frazier said. Wells reportedly shot the men when they arrived at the studio. He allegedly shot them while they were still standing outside the studio.
Wells surrendered on December 15, reports Fox10 News. He was convicted of second degree assault, discharging a firearm in an occupied or unoccupied building / vehicle and felony probation violation, according to the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office website. He is still in detention, according to the site.
The singer tried out for American Idol in 2005, appearing the same season that ended with Carrie Underwood winning. Wells didn’t make it to the second round, but his audition made him a star thanks to his “Can you dig it?” expression. The judges also did not understand what he said as he attempted to perform “I Got You (I Feel Good) by James Brown”. When his hearing aired, he was in the Mobile County Metropolitan Jail because police accused him of shooting a man. He was then charged with attempted murder for allegedly shooting a man in a convenience store in 2004. Before the trial began, he pleaded guilty to assault.
In 2007, Wells was sentenced to almost four years in federal prison in Mobile as a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Sheriff’s deputies arrested him after he refused to stop his vehicle. Despite his legal problems, he was allowed to audition for American Idol again in 2014, even appearing in a Fox10 News segment in order to show that he was a different person. His audition was not aired this season.