May 23, 2009 0:30

Suspect in Dolla murder pleads not guilty

Aubrey Berry remains jailed on $5 million bail

Suspect in Dolla murder pleads not guilty
The man suspected of murdering rapper Dolla at a Los Angeles mall on Monday (May 18) entered a plea of not guilty in a Los Angeles court today (May 22).

Twenty-three-year-old Aubrey Berry entered his plea to murder and assault charges. He was arrested at the Los Angeles International Airport hours after Dolla, whose real name is Roderick Anthony Burton II, was shot to death in the Beverly Center parking lot, as previously reported.

Berry remains jailed on $5 million bail, and his attorney plans to ask for the bail to be reduced at a hearing scheduled to take place on Tuesday, reports the Associated Press.

According to allhiphop.com, Berry claimed he shot Dolla out of fear for his own life after an altercation at an Atlanta nightclub a few weeks ago. The Atlanta residents accidentally ran into each other in Los Angeles on the day of the shooting.

Dolla had flown into Los Angeles earlier that morning to work on his debut album, which was scheduled to be released on Jive Records this summer.

--By our Los Angeles staff.
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