News: Dolla's Murder Suspect Is "Scared," Bail Lowered To $2 Mil
Wednesday, May 27, 2009 10:10AM
The prime murder suspect in the shooting death of Roderick "Dolla" Burton has had his bail lowered to $2.1 million after his attorney said he was "scared."
Aubrey Louis Berry appeared in a California courtroom Tuesday (May 26) afternoon.
A judge has lowered bail for a Snellville man accused of murdering Atlanta rapper Dolla at a Los Angeles shopping mall. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Terry Bork reduced Aubrey Louis Berry's bail to $2.1 million from $5 million on Tuesday. (Access Atlanta)
Berry's attorney Howard Price pleaded with the judge for bail set at $1 million.
In arguing for his client's bail to be lowered, the defense attorney told the judge that his client is a college graduate with no prior arrests who fired in self-defense because he believed the rapper -- with whom he had recently had a confrontation at an Atlanta nightclub -- was trying to get a gun after following him out to the valet parking area. Berry's attorney, who has repeatedly said the shooting is not a case of murder, called it a "terrible coincidence" that the the two men wound up at the same time at P.F. Chang's China Bistro. Price said his client was "distraught" and "scared" after the shooting and "made the mistake of going to the airport" where he was arrested with a gun. (MyFox LA)
Dolla's family spoke through a spokesperson last week to address Berry's not guilty plea.
"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)
The suspect appeared in court last Thursday (May 21) where his bail was raised to $5 million.
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)