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Aspiring rapper Kevhani Camilla Hicks has been charged with second-degree murder over the fatal shooting of her manager last month in Miami. Hicks, the apparent CEO of Pretty Thug Music and whose stage name is Key Vhani, told officers she gunned her manager down in self-defense — a claim the Miami-Dade judge presiding over her case has indicated might have some merit.
Security footage obtained by WTVJ-TV shows Hicks, 27, exit a white Lexus sedan outside Wynwood Walls on Oct. 9, then amble toward the rear of the vehicle. The male driver of the vehicle meets Hicks behind the vehicle, where they appear to argue. Words quickly give way to haymakers.
As the two fight in the street, a second man, identified by the Miami Herald as Hicks' manager, exits the Lexus and joins the driver in pinning the rapper against the asphalt. After reportedly administering a beating, the manager can be seen slamming the rapper against the pavement.
Following the scuffle, Hicks begins to walk away while the men return to the car. The peace is short-lived, however; Hicks reaches into her purse, produces a handgun, and storms back toward the Lexus, opening fire. Hicks strikes her manager multiple times despite his desperate attempt to take cover behind a parked vehicle. Hicks' final volley leaves the decedent flat in the street.
The driver who first attacked Hicks manages to pull away in the Lexus, running over the rapper in the process.
Hicks and her manager were both taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center. The rapper was treated for non-life-threatening blunt-force injuries, and her manager died on account of all his bullet wounds.
Hicks told officers that while the driver ultimately pulled her manager back, the sense that he posed an imminent threat to her persisted.
The arrest report indicated, "As the defendant began to walk away from the victim, the victim began yelling threats at her and his voice grew closer. The defendant stated she was in fear due to the victim's size and upon hearing the victim yell 'I'll kill you with one hit,'" reported WTVJ.
The prosecution cast doubt on whether the shooting qualified as self-defense, since the decedent allegedly had his back toward her when she opened fire and she allegedly had an opportunity to walk away.
Hicks was initially jailed, and Miami-Dade Judge Mindy Glazer denied her bond, stating last month, "I believe she does have a very good self-defense claim, but that claim is a defense of the charge; it doesn't negate the finding that there is [probable] cause for second-degree murder, the victim was walking away and she shot him after he was beating on her."
Glazer recently granted Hicks a $50,000 bond and house arrest. Hicks' next hearing is reportedly scheduled for Feb. 15.
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Joseph MacKinnon is a staff writer for Blaze News.