California man who rapped about killing, burying girlfriend charged with murder
A California man who rapped about killing and burying his girlfriend has now been charged with her murder, authorities said Wednesday.
Robert Anthony Camou, 27, was previously suspected of kidnapping his girlfriend, Amanda Custer, who went missing on July 29. Witnesses said they saw Camou lifting Custer's "lifeless body" into the back of a vehicle on the night she disappeared.
Custer's body has not been found, but the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office has moved forward with charging Camou in her death. Authorities say they believe Camou — who was out on bail for domestic violence charges at the time — likely killed his girlfriend the same night she went missing.
Video of Camou rapping about murdering an unnamed woman surfaced online shortly after Custer's disappearance. The footage, filmed during an open-mic night at Los Angeles' King Eddy Saloon, shows the 27-year-old sharing a handful of violent lyrics.
“I kill my b**** and bury that b**** in the f****** dirt," Camou raps. "The cops trying to look for me and I’m f****** trying to shut my mouth."
Michael R. Moore, 64, filmed the video and said he only posted it online after Camou gave him permission. He added that he didn't make the connection between the lyrics and a potential crime until much later.
"At first it was like, did he say that? He said that. And he said it with such force," Moore said. "I think that everyone in the bar that heard him kinda stopped. Time just stopped. And there were some hardcore rappers up in there, and they stopped."
Camou was already facing assault and battery charges for a separate case involving Custer. That incident, which occurred in April, allegedly involved Camou beating and strangling Custer, as well as threatening her with a taser.
If convicted, Camou faces life in prison without the possibility of parole or the death penalty. He was out on bail as of Wednesday evening.