The man who is suspected of killing Akon's Konvict Music artist Dolla, says he acted in self-defense according to his lawyer. Dolla (known to the government as Roderick Burton II) and the suspect (Aubrey Berry) first fought at an Atlanta club where Dolla and his crew beat up Berry. The two then reportedly had a chance encounter last Monday (May 18th) in the bathroom of PF Chang's restaurant in L.A. where Dolla allegedly threatened Berry after following him to a parking lot.
Although Dolla was unarmed, Berry says that Dolla then reached for his waistedband, promting Berry to shoot at him. “[Berry] perceived that his life was in danger,” said Howard R Price, Berry’s attorney. “At worst it’s a manslaughter case, at best it’s a case of self-defense.”
The police don't agree. "Our prosecutors believe the evidence was sufficient for a murder filing," said a spokesperson for the L.A. County D.A.’s office. "We try our cases in the courtroom, not on the sidewalk." Berry, who faces one count of murder and two counts each of assault with a firearm, will be arraigned on Friday (May 22). His bail has been increased from $1 million to $5 million.