The two alleged passed off the video to TMZ for $55,000. According to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, they spent nearly a month negotiating a deal with TMZ for the sale of the surveillance video. Prosecutors said the video was supposed to be used as evidence in the murder case, so its release was prohibited.
In early September, just nearly two months after the initial indictment, Kelly pleaded not guilty to counts of conspiracy to obstruct justice, conspiracy to commit grand theft, and conspiracy to violate a court order. Blankenship is still waiting arraignment for the same charges, according to Variety.
If the two are convicted they face up to three years in prison.