News: Gucci Mane Dragged Into Murdered Rap Protégé's Wrongful Death Case, Serious Legal Action On Deck
Thursday, Dec 12, 2013 7:17PM
Atlanta rapper Gucci Mane is reportedly one of various defendants named in a wrongful death lawsuit filed this week by the father of slain rap protégé Slim Dunkin.
Details of the unexpected legal move surfaced online Thursday (December 12).
The complaint was filed by Mark Hamilton, the father of slain rapper Mario "Slim Dunkin" Hamilton, who was shot to death in December 2011 as he prepared to shoot a hip hop music video with Gucci Mane, whose real name is Radric Davis. A Fulton County jury in February found Vinson Hardimon guilty of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and gun possession charges for shooting the younger Hamilton during a fight over candy. But the jury acquitted 29-year-old Hardimon, who is also known as rapper Young Vito, of murder and felony murder charges. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
Despite Dunkin's shooter receiving time behind bars, Gucci and other parties have been brought into the case.
Hardimon, who was sentenced to 25 years in prison, was also named with Davis as a defendant in the wrongful death lawsuit, along with ABC Corp., Warner Brothers Music International and others. The complaint claims that while Mario Hamilton was preparing to shoot his part of the video with Davis at Zone 6 Studio in east Atlanta, Hardimon or someone associated with him accused Hamilton of messing with Hardimon's candy. The two began to scuffle. When they were separated, an unarmed Mario Hamilton charged Hardimon, according to prosecutors. Hardimon shot and killed the 24-year-old rapper. It is unclear why Mario Hamilton's father is suing Davis, his son's hip hop mentor. Davis is currently in jail in DeKalb County on gun charges and faces federal gun charges and aggravated assault charges in Fulton County. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
The publicized murder trial went down last winter in Georgia.
Opening statements are expected to begin Tuesday in Fulton County Superior Court in the murder trial of 29-year-old Vinson Hardimon. Hardimon, known as rapper Young Vito, has been indicted on charges of murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. He's accused of killing 24-year-old Mario Hamilton, known as rapper Slim Dunkin at an Atlanta recording studio on Dec. 16, 2011. Authorities say Hardimon was waiting for his turn in the recording booth before punching Hamilton. The fight ended with Hamilton shot in the chest. Hardimon later turned himself in to authorities. (Montgomery Advertiser)
In May 2012, Atlanta rapper Waka Flocka Flame described his disbelief in believing longtime friend Dunkin died.
"My dog ain't pass. I ain't accepting that," Waka told MTV News after a photo shoot in Brooklyn, New York, last week. "You know that sh-- is gonna carry with me, though, because he's me and I'm him. Together we're Brick Squad, man." Flocka dedicated his upcoming June album Triple F Life: Friends, Fans and Family to Dunkin. "What's behind my Triple F Life wave? The passing of my best friend Dunk. R.I.P. Dunk," he said. "That boy there was special. That boy there was different." (MTV)
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