Lil Phat is dead? 3 Men Were Convicted in the Murder of Rapper Lil Phat

An XXL 2020 article revealed that out of 77 different hip-hop deaths, more than 40 remain unsolved, including high-profile cases like the killing of Notorious B.I.G. Big L and Tupac Shakur. The research carried out also found that the homicide rate in hip-hop is “higher than any other genre of music”.

Sadly, one casualty in these statistics is Louisiana rapper Lil Phat, who was shot and killed on June 7, 2012.

Who shot Lil Phat?

Lil Phat is dead?

XXL reports that Phat (real name Melvin Vernell III) was shot while sitting in a car in the parking lot of a North Atlanta Hospital waiting for his baby to be born.

In his death, three men who plotted to kill him have been convicted in retaliation for the rapper who allegedly stole 10 pounds of marijuana.

In total, five men have been linked to Pat’s death, including an “ex-Russian gangster” and a “former second-level basketball player.”

The team prosecuting Phat’s murder trial argued that the rapper took marijuana from San Francisco State point guards Desense White and Gary Bradford, who is also an MC, It is believed to have gang links.

After being robbed by Phat, the pair allegedly hired Deandre Washington and Maurice Conner, paying them $10,000 to kill him. The killer is said to have received the GPS coordinates of Pat’s car, provided by Mani Chulpayev, a former thug who rented the car to Pat.

All five men involved in Phat’s murder have denied any connection, and Chulpayev said he only knew White as a business partner. Desense was released on bail at the time, while the other four people involved remained in jail.

In 2014, Billboard reported that Washington, Connor and Bradford were all found guilty of Pat’s murder. Washington, who is believed to have pulled the trigger, was convicted of murder and sentenced to life without parole, in addition to a further 20 years in prison.

Bradford was sentenced to 25 years as a getaway driver and Connor to 30 years for hiring a hitman.

Lil Phat was a budding rapper before he was murdered.
He joined Trill Entertainment along with other hip hop artists such as Lil Boosie and Webbie. He was only 19 when he was murdered and suffered several gunshot wounds at Washington’s hands.

The Baton Rouge, Louisiana native appeared on Webbie’s hit “Independent.” The song climbed to No. 9 on the Hot 100 in 2008. After hearing the news of Phat’s murder, Webbie tweeted his condolences: “RIP my little brother Phat! Life is so bad! TRILL4LIFE.”

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