Atlanta police charge Chaka Zulu, manager of rapper Ludacris, with murder


ATLANTA (AP) — Rapper Ludacris’ manager is facing a murder charge in Atlanta in connection with a shooting in June.

The Atlanta Police Department said Chaka Zulu, whose legal name is Ahmed Obafemi, turned himself in Tuesday to face charges. Atlanta media reports he was released on bail the same day. Police said they also obtained warrants charging him with aggravated assault, possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony and simple assault.

Gabe Banks, a lawyer for the longtime music manager, released a statement expressing his disappointment with the decision to press charges. Banks said the evidence clearly shows Zulu – who was injured in the incident – defended himself while being attacked by at least four other people during the incident in June.

Zulu was among three people shot dead in June 26 shootings in a parking lot in the Buckhead area. One person died.

Banks’ statement indicates that Zulu defended himself with a firearm which he is licensed to carry.

“It is not lost on Mr. Zulu that someone lost his life, but if Mr. Zulu had not defended himself legally, Mr. Zulu would have been killed that night,” the statement said.

Artez Benton, 23, was killed in the June shooting. His family described him as ambitious, hardworking and dedicated to his family. “He did everything right,” his father, Artis Benton, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution after the shooting. “I never thought it would be the end for him.”


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