Gucci Mane Charged With Murder

The release of rapper Gucci Mane’s debut album, Trap House, May 24th was memorable in more ways than one: It coincided with his release on bail from Atlanta’s DeKalb County Jail on a murder charge.

Mane, whose real name is Radric Davis, is accused of the May 10th shooting death of Henry Clark, whose body was found three days later in the woods near a middle school, according to DeKalb police.

Davis’ attorney, Dennis Scheib, said his client waived his appearance at arraignment and a preliminary hearing was set for July 5th. Davis posted $100,000 bond after Scheib worked out the details with prosecutors, and offered testimony from a witness that backed Davis’ self-defense claim.

The attorney had some choice words about the investigation.

“Once they do some really good police work, I think some other people will be charged and this case will be dismissed,” Scheib said.

According to the corroborating testimony, Davis and a male friend were visiting a woman when five men came to the house — one of which is believed to be Clark — and attacked them. Davis allegedly grabbed a gun from a table and traded shots with the assailants.

The rapper said he didn’t know whether anyone was injured in the shooting, but he believed the men were affiliated with his rap rival, Young Jeezy, according to Scheib. In one song, Jeezy offers a $10,000 bounty for anyone who could bring him the chain that Davis wears around his neck.

Davis didn’t contact the police until he learned there was a warrant out for his arrest. The 25-year-old performer returned to Atlanta following a promo appearance in New York and turned himself in.

The rapper’s label, Big Cat Records, is reportedly offering a $10,000 reward for information about the shooting, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.