News: Dolla's Murder Suspect Charged, Claims He Acted In Self-Defense

Wednesday, May 20, 2009 5:52PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

The prime suspect in the death of 21 year-old rapper Roderick "Dolla" Burton has been officially charged with two counts of assault and one count of murder.

Aubrey Berry was charged Wednesday (May 20) afternoon.

The man who allegedly shot and killed up-and-coming rapper Dolla has been charged with three crimes -- two counts of assault with a firearm and one count of murder. 23-year-old Aubrey Berry -- who allegedly killed Dolla at a shopping mall in Los Angeles on Monday -- is set to be arraigned this afternoon. He's being held on $1,000,000 bail. (TMZ)

Berry was arrested shortly after the fatal shooting earlier this week.

A Georgia man has been arrested for investigation of murder in the fatal shooting of Dolla. Los Angeles police said in a statement Tuesday that 23 year-old Aubrey Louis Berry of Georgia was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport with a gun on Monday night. His bail was set at $1 million. (Fox News)

His lawyer has said Berry acted in self-defense.

The attorney for an Atlanta man accused of killing rapper Dolla earlier this week said his client opened fire after feeling threatened by the rapper and his entourage during a chance encounter in the restroom of a Beverly Center restaurant. "This is not a murder case," said Berry's attorney, Howard R. Price. "At worst it's a manslaughter case, at best it's a case of self defense," he said. (Los Angeles Times)

While the prime suspect has been charged, more individuals may also be involved.

Dolla's publicist Sue Vannasing said the rapper was involved in an altercation before the shooting with an unidentified man and woman who followed him to the mall. Police recovered a loaded 9mm semiautomatic handgun and turned the man over to Los Angeles police. Los Angeles Police spokeswoman Karen Rayner said two other persons of interest one male, one female who were with Berry at the airport were being questioned but neither has been charged in connection with the shooting. They were detained before attempting to board a plane out of Los Angeles International Airport, about 10 miles away from the Beverly Center. (Atlanta-Journal Constitution)

The unexpected death has stirred reactions from artists such as Jae Millz and hip-hop mogul Diddy.

"RIP Dolla," Diddy wrote unmodified. "God bless his family! He was a good kid! You will be missed player. Don't take life for granted people!" (Diddy's Twitter)

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