Atlanta producer Shawty Redd has been cleared of murder charges he faced, stemming from an incident back in early 2010 where he shot a man inside his Georgia home on New Year’s Day.
The producer’s (real name: Demetrius Lee Stewart) attorney, Ashutosh Joshi, revealed to MTV this week that his client had been cleared after claiming self-defense.
“The defense [in the trial] was clearly self-defense,” Joshi told MTV. “We argued that Redd’s life was threatened both verbally and physically, and this occurred in his home and that he shot this gentleman as a result of that.”
A bench trial, which began Monday, was decided by a judge without a jury and concluded Wednesday (November 2). The following day, on Thursday (November 3), Judge Wade Crumbly cleared Stewart on all charges relating to the death of Damon Martin.
Initial reports said Shawty Redd was involved in an altercation at his home with Martin, who was described as an “acquaintance.” It escalated and Redd shot and killed Martin.
The producer, himself, called 911 to alert authorities, and was arrested shortly after.
After posting a $200,000 bond, he was freed, and awaited trial. And, has now been cleared.
Shawty Redd got his start by producing for Young Jeezy, and eventually landing six tracks on his platinum debut, Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101. He’s since worked with the likes of Snoop Dogg, Gucci Mane, Pusha T and Rick Ross.