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Dolla Family Rips Claim of Self-Defense

Rep denies rapper ran in gang; suspect pleads not guilty
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted May 23, 2009 3:32 PM CDT

(Newser) – Self-defense played no role in the killing of 21-year-old rap artist Dolla, who was not a gang member, his family tells MTV. Aubrey Berry, 23, pleaded not guilty yesterday to murder and assault charges, saying he shot Roderick Burton in self-defense Monday in Los Angeles. His claim "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," a Burton family rep said.

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“There are three victims in this case, none of which is Aubrey Berry,” he said, noting Berry’s attempt to shoot Burton’s cousin and friend. Burton “has been a recording artist," not a gang member, for years, he added. Berry is being held on $5 million bail.
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