The 2020 slaying of 32-year-old Danzeria Farris Jr. was cleared of Hurricane Chris’ involvement.
The Caddo Parish, Louisiana jury returned their decision around 9 p.m. on March 14 following the conclusion of the rapper known as “A Bay Baysecond-degree “‘s murder trial’s closing statements.
Hurricane Chris, actual name Christopher Dooley, was acquitted on all counts, according to WGNO. He was accused with second-degree murder as well as illegally possessing a stolen 2016 Mercedes-Benz.
He would have been sentenced to life in prison if the jury had found him guilty of the crime.
“I wanna thank God, my attorneys at the Washington & Wells Law Firm, and my family for standing with me as my life was on the line,” the rapper said in a statement to The Shade Room after being acquitted. “They wanted to give me life if I was found guilty. Now I can hug my son and think about raising him to be a man.”
He added: “This situation drained me and affected my health greatly. God, I give you all the glory. I got my life back and words can’t explain how I feel. Thanks to everyone who wished me well.”
The 51/50 Ratchet musician had long maintained his innocence, saying he had acted in self-defense after Farris had reportedly tried to steal his car. He was eventually let out on a $500,000 bail. Afterwards, it was discovered that the vehicle had been taken from Texas.
“Hello world, hello world, hello world,” he said in a video after posting bond. “I’m sure you got the news by now. I was involved in a very unfortunate incident on Friday morning, a very unfortunate incident. I wanna thank everybody who’s been praying for the family of the deceased and everybody who’s been praying for my family.
He continued: “After a good, thorough investigation, my name will be cleared. Let God work, watch God work. God bless. Thank you.”
Prosecutors allegedly conjectured that Hurricane Chris killed Farris because he was too near to the $10,000 he had in his car during the trial, which started on March 8.
However, the rapper’s defense team argued that he had tried to hurt rather than kill Farris and begged that their client not be found guilty due to his notoriety.