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DaBaby's Lawyers Claim Surfaced Surveillance Footage Will Do No Harm To Rapper

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By Fiyin Olowokandi on April 27, 2022 at 5:15 PM EDT

Famous rap star Jonathan Lyndale Kirk, professionally known as DaBaby, gained media attention a few years back when he allegedly gunned down a 19-year-old male.

The incident occurred in Walmart, North Carolina, and the shot victim died soon after. After the shooting, the musician confirmed his involvement and claimed he acted in self-defense.

Some of the charges were dropped eventually, but new evidence about the past case has resurfaced, and his lawyers voiced their thoughts.

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DaBaby Sticks To Self Defense Story In Light Of New Evidence

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Surveillance footage of the Walmart scenario was recently discovered, and upon reviewing, DaBaby's legal team believes it supports his defense.

They also said people were wrong to jump to conclusions, even though the same video was reviewed by the prosecutors at the time of the shooting, as TMZ reported.

Rolling Stone published the recently recovered clip, and the write-up seemed to question the singer's self-defense story.

His lawyers, Drew Findling and Marissa Goldberg, mentioned that after the prosecutors reviewed the footage back in 2018, they decided that DaBaby acted in self-defense, so he was not indicted for homicide.

A Mecklenburg County judge also viewed the video concerning a misdemeanor accusation of the hip-hop icon not having the proper gun permits.

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Speaking of the "Rockstar" rapper's self-defense claims, he told the cops that the victim and another coconspirator were shadowing his movements around the Walmart store.

He also stated that the collaborators allegedly threatened him with a gun which made him want to protect himself.

His legal representative told the media channel, "Witnesses were interviewed and corroborated Mr. Kirk's statement. The entirety of the surveillance video was viewed and determined to corroborate Mr. Kirk's statement."

The attorney added that DaBaby was protecting himself and his family at the shooting time.

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Details of the shooting incident were reported by The Blast, revealing that the hip-hop star shot and killed Jaylin Craig at the store as he shopped with his family.

After the incident, he released a statement, saying, "Daughter could have got hit, son could have got hit. Lawyers telling me not to say nothing."

He continued, "But two [people] walk down on you and your whole family, threatening y'all, whip out [a gun] on y'all, let me see what y'all going to do."

DaBaby and his kids were not hurt during the episode, but he was sentenced to 12 months of probation and got a suspended jail sentence.

Henry Douglas, a friend of Craig's who was with Craig at Walmart during the shooting, claimed that he and his buddy recognized the trap artist and initiated a conversation with him.

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He further denied the talk being threatening as DaBaby described it to be. On the other hand, the newly surfaced footage showed the musician approaching the pair contrary to his claims about them stalking him.

In the footage, he could be seen hitting "a blindsided Douglas" and tackling him to the ground. He was also shown shooting Craig, who had a gun on his person at the time.

The display showed that DaBaby was the initial antagonist in the situation, but his reports describe the event differently, which brought about numerous suspicions.

The "Baby On Baby" Creator Gets Involved In a Series Of Public Altercations

Earlier this month, The Blast reported another incident that made the superstar gain more media attention. He was involved in a public fight with one of the musicians signed to his record label.

The Ohio-born artist was seen walking down a corridor backstage when he noticed his signed rapper named Wisdom and struck him.

Wisdom immediately gave his own back, hitting DaBaby in the face. Fortunately, the clash was settled as the associates intervened before the situation escalated.

The 30-year-old celebrity seemed to have had a logical reason for swinging at the other artist as a fan believed that Wisdom probably did something that could have cost DaBaby his show, money, and a lawsuit.

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The "Blame It on Baby" star is no novice when it comes to public clashes, as he has always been known to be at the center of such.

Months ago, he got into a scrap with Brandon Bills, the brother of his former girlfriend DaniLeigh, at a bowling alley in Los Angeles.

Bills accused the "Suge" rapper of assault and battery, saying it caused "physical and psychological damage." However, the case is still in court, with the victim allegedly now uninterested in charging DaBaby.

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