Prosecutors dropped felonies charges against US rapper Lil Durk, who was linked to a 2019 shooting case in Georgia, due to a lack of evidence.
Durk turned himself into police in May 2019 in connection with a non-fatal shooting at Atlanta’s The Varsity restaurant. On February 5, that year, police responded to a 911 call and discovered a man with a gunshot wound.
According to witnesses, the injured man had an argument with an unknown black male prior to the shooting. The man was taken to the hospital and underwent surgery. He eventually made it.
The rapper was initially charged with a slew of felonies, including aggravated assault, criminal attempt to commit murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, who recently filed paperwork with the court declining to pursue the case against Durk due to “prosecutorial discretion,” declined to elaborate further.
Willis stated that while there was probable cause to arrest Durk at first, she decided not to pursue the case after a thorough review of the facts.
Manny Arora, Durk’s attorney, told TMZ that Willis simply did not have enough evidence to prove her case against the rapper. Insisting that Durk, despite his presence at the scene, did not commit a crime that day, Arora added that it was a “shame” that it took 3 years to finally drop the charges, but he is not surprised because prosecutors often drag out cases to save face.