The manager of the rapper Ludacris faces a murder charge in Atlanta in connection with a June shooting.
Atlanta police said Chaka Zulu, whose legal name is Ahmed Obafemi, turned herself in to the charges on Tuesday (September 13). Atlanta news Outlets report he was released on bail the same day. Police said they also secured warrants charging him with aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and simple battery.
Gabe Banks, an attorney for the longtime music executive, released a statement expressing disappointment with the decision to press charges. Banks said evidence clearly shows Zulu – who was was injured in the incident – was defending himself while being attacked by at least four other people in the June incident.
Zulu was among three people shot in the June 26 shooting in a Buckhead-area parking lot. One person died.
Banks’ statement said Zulu was defending himself with a firearm he is licensed to carry.
“It is not lost on Mr. Zulu that someone lost their life, but had Mr. Zulu not lawfully defended himself, Mr. Zulu would have been killed that night,” the statement said.
Killed in the June shooting was 23-year-old Artez Benton, whose family described him as ambitious, hardworking and dedicated to his family. “He did everything right,” his father, Artis Benton, told that Atlanta Journal-Constitution after the shooting. “I never thought this would be the end for him.”