Leroy Wells, Idol 4’s “incomprehensible contestant,” charged with attempted murder

Even those who just appear on the audition episodes of American Idol can’t escape the enduring spotlight. For example: Leroy Wells, previously known as the “most incomprehensible contestant” on American Idol 4, has been arrested for attempted murder and denied bond.

Leroy is “accused of shooting a man three times last week for talking to Wells’ girlfriend,” the Mobile Register reports. Leroy “was in court for a bond hearing on a charge of attempted murder,” and because of “a secret indictment in a previous, unrelated case, District Judge Charles McKnight temporarily denied bond for” him.

Earlier, in December (after the auditions were taped, it seems), “Wells was accused of second-degree assault and shooting into an occupied vehicle.” Most recently, he “is accused of firing three .22-caliber slugs into a 21-year-old man at a Grand Bay gas station and convenience store June 7,” the paper reported.

American Idol: Leroy Wells [2005] [ifilm]
[Mobile Register]

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.