Federal prosecutors have filed murder charges against a convicted killer who allegedly shot an American diplomat to death in Africa just hours before the American was to board a plane and head home to North Carolina for Christmas.
On the night of Dec. 22, 2000, a group of Americans took William Bultemeier, a 51-year-old Department of Defense employee assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Niamey, Niger, out for a farewell dinner at a local French restaurant called La Cloche.
At about 1 a.m., Bultemeier left the restaurant. Before he could get into a white Toyota SUV with diplomatic plates, a gunman identified as Mohamed demanded the keys.
According to prosecutors, Mohamed shot Bultemeier in the chest with a pistol and grabbed his keys.
An accomplice shot Marine Staff Sgt. Christopher McNeeley with an AK-47 as he tried to help Bultemeier. McNeeley was flown to Ramstein Air Base in Germany for medical treatment and survived.
Bultemeier, a retired Army master sergeant, had been deployed to Niger in July 2000. He served as the defense attache systems coordinator. McNeely arrived in Niger in October 2000 to serve as Marine detachment commander.
Now Mo has been arrested or re-arrested in Mali.
A fugitive wanted by the FBI in the killing of a U.S. diplomat in 2000 has been arrested by French forces in Mali, a source familiar with the case told CNN on Thursday.
Alhassane Ould Mohamed, also known as “Cheibani,” a 43-year-old Malian citizen, was named in an indictment unsealed in a federal court in New York in September.