News: Dolla's Family Responds To Suspect's "Self-Defense" Plea, "There Are 3 Victims In This Case"
Saturday, May 23, 2009 10:00AM
The family of slain rapper Roderick "Dolla" Burton has addressed the prime murder suspect's claim of self-defense and discussed their take on what really went down.
Speaking through their family spokesperson Dennis Byron, a statement was released Friday (May 22).
"There are three victims in this case, none of which is Aubrey Berry," the statement read, adding that they were upset by the claim. "His claim of self-defense is very colorful but the fact is that he traveled from Atlanta with a loaded firearm for which he didn't possess a carry permit for in the state of California and then he assassinates Mr. Burton and attempts to shoot his cousin Will and his friend DJ Shabazz. Dolla was doing what he normally does, and that is to come to town and record in the studio and visit his family. He has been a recording artist for many years and being a member of any gang is as far-fetched as Mr. Berry's claim of self-defense. [Berry's attorney Howard] Price is attempting to argue his client's case in the media but the courtroom is where this matter will be dealt with." (MTV)
Aubrey Berry also appeared in court yesterday to make his plea.
An Atlanta man accused of gunning down a rapper at the Beverly Center hours after the musician arrived in Los Angeles to work on his first CD pleaded not guilty today to murder and assault charges. Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Kristi Lousteau ordered Berry to remain jailed in lieu of $5 million bail pending a bail review hearing next Tuesday. A date is also expected to be set then for a hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to require Berry to stand trial. Outside court, defense attorney Howard R. Price told reporters that he will be asking for bail to be set at "no more than $1 million." (Fox News)
His attorney claims mall security video tape will clear his client's name.
The lawyer for the alleged killer said surveillance footage from the mall will prove his client's innocence."He believed [Dolla] was armed," said Los Angeles attorney Howard Price. "[Berry] was there first." Berry, a music promoter, was dining with associates when he encountered Dolla in the restaurant's bathroom, the lawyer said. There, "a threat was made" by the rapper, Price said. Berry's associates told him he should leave because of Dolla's affiliation with the Crips street gang, he said. As his client waited for his car in the Beverly Center's valet area, Dolla and his cousin, Wilbert Robinson, and another friend, Sidiq Abawi, confronted Berry, Price said. "[Berry] believed he was in danger." (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
A funeral for Dolla is reportedly taking place today (May 23).
Family and friends will gather to mourn the slain rapper Dolla, who will be buried in Atlanta's Westview Cemetery five days after he was shot at a Los Angeles mall. Funeral services for the 21-year-old performer, whose real name was Roderick Anthony Burton II, are scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at Word of Faith Love Center in East Point, just south of Atlanta. (WSB Radio)
Berry will appear back in court next week.