Australian Hip-Hop Producer On Trial For Boy’s Death

Christian hip-hop musician and producer Kopri (aka Kodi Maybir) pleaded guilty to six of 14 charges of assault. 

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It involved the May 2013 death of the 7-year-old son of his girlfriend. An autopsy revealed the child had suffered skull fractures and subsequent brain swelling.

The boy’s mother, Kayla James, is in jail after pleading guilty to manslaughter in June. According to media reports, Kopri wanted to turn the boy into a “soldier for Christ.” He put him on a spartan regime after James and her three children moved into his studio.

The boy was subject to four months of being repeatedly hit, yelled at, refused food, and forced to run until exhausted. Kopri has pleaded not guilty to murder charges.