*A jury in Los Angeles has acquitted a man of killing Atlanta rapper Dolla during a shooting at the upscale Beverly Center mall.
Jurors on Friday rejected prosecutors’ contentions that the killing of Dolla, whose real name was Roderick Anthony Burton II, was a callous act of apparent revenge, reports the AP.
Burton and his accused shooter, Aubrey Louis Berry, had been involved in a fight at an Atlanta club less than two weeks before the shooting last May.
Berry hugged his attorney after the verdict was read while Burton’s family sobbed.
Berry’s attorney had contended the shooting was an act of self-defense, emphasizing that Burton glorified a violent gangster lifestyle in his rap lyrics and online videos.
Dolla was a protege of hip-hop artist Akon and was signed to his Konvict Musik label.
Scroll down (below Dolla’s photo) to watch LA Times court reporter Jack Leonard and editor Matt Lait discuss the case.