Aubrey Louis Berry Claims Self-Defense in Dolla Shooting
Aburey Louis Berry, the man who shot Atlanta rapper Dolla, real name Roderick Anthony Burton, claims he did it in self-defense.
"If somebody has a reasonable perception that he is in danger of bodily injury or death, he has a right to defend himself," Howard K. Price, lawyer for Aubrey Louis Berry told MTV News on Thursday.
Berry said he feared for his life at the Beverly Center where he ran in to the rapper and his entourage. Mr. Berry was arrested on Monday at LAX and charged Wednesday with two counts of assault with a firearm and one count of murder. He was carrying a loaded 9mm handgun at the time of his arrest.
Mr. Berry is an Atlanta based music producer, but he had previously had a fight with Dolla earlier this month at a strip club.
Police do not seem convinced with Mr. Berry's attorney's claims that the producer was in any danger as no other weapons were recovered from the scene and Dolla was not armed.
Bail has been set at $5 million, and if convicted Berry faces life in prison. His lawyer, Mr. Price is attending court today to see if he can get bail reduced due to Mr. Berry's reputation as a 'good kid'.
Mr. Price said that Dolla threatened Mr. Berry at the restaurant at the Beverly Center, and after Mr. Berry left, he noticed that Dolla and two other men were following him to his car and he thought that Dolla was reaching to get a weapon. It was then that Mr. Berry shot him fatally.
"He felt his life was in danger because of the previous altercation and what this guy [Burton] is reputed to be, which is [a member of] the Crips [street gang] and the way he conducted himself in the bathroom and the way his crew approached him when they left the restaurant and followed him to the parking lot," the lawyer said.
The fact that he was trying to get out of town when he was caught was just a sign of panic, said Mr. Price and that the murder charge is too harsh.
Jane Robinson, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles District Attorney's office, said the evidence for the murder charges was strong enough, "otherwise we wouldn't have charged it," she said. "We only charge what we believe we can prove."
Dolla's family have still not commented on the matter.