Lil Durk & his co-defendant fellow OTF rapper King Von were in court today for a probable cause hearing about their alleged involvement in a shooting which happened on February 5 of this year outside The Varsity in downtown Atlanta.
Investigators claim Durk, real name Durk Derrick Banks, was caught on CCTV at the Varsity itself as well as a nearby BP gas station and other local businesses, which put him at the scene of the crime. In court the judge found probable cause for Durk and Von to be charged with criminal intent to commit murder among other charges.
Atlanta PD detective Jeffrey Churchill laid out evidence against the pair in court, including a female eyewitness who claims she was speaking to Durk and Von at around 5 a.m. on the day of the incident & claims to have seen Durk drawing a weapon before hearing gunfire. Prosecutors also argued the shooting was gang-related, saying that Durk and Von are members of Chicago gangs and targeted the victim (named Alexander Weatherspoon) for $30,000, an expensive chain and a nice car.
Durk’s attorney attempted to create doubt around the facts of the shooting, pressing detective Churchill to affirm that the only time he saw Durk shooting on CCTV was from inside a camouflage Jeep. He’s quoted as saying “You don’t see Mr. Banks shooting on the street at any time. The only time you believe he was shooting is when he was in the camouflage Jeep, correct?”, to which detective Churchill responded positively: “That’s the only time I can see him shooting”.
Durk turned himself in to Atlanta PD on Thursday May 30th, denied involvement in a live TV interview & also released a song named ‘Turn Myself In’. Von and Durk’s next court date is in a month’s time, when the rapper’s legal teams will have the opportunity to ask for bonds to be set. Subscribe & Follow @RapCatchUp for updates.
Source: @wsbtv – WSBTV Atlanta
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