Deadly Atlanta rap studio shooting trial set for October

Two people are dead after a 2016 shooting at Metropolitan Parkway and Bronner Bros Way in Atlanta.
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Two people are dead after a 2016 shooting at Metropolitan Parkway and Bronner Bros Way in Atlanta.

More than two years after a deadly shooting at a southwest Atlanta recording studio, three men charged with murder have yet to stand trial.

Aspiring rapper Jerome Blake, 28, was caught in the crossfire during a gun battle at The Metropolitan in April 2016. Casey Battle, Sheldon Dooley and Kenson Hunte face multiple charges including murder.

The trial was previously scheduled to take place this spring, but it’s now scheduled for October. The trial was delayed to ensure there’s enough time to complete the pre-trial motions process, said the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office.

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David Sherman, the former case manager for Superior Court Judge Alford J. Dempsey, “felt it was necessary” to put the trial on the October calendar, a May 14 statement from DA Paul Howard said. But the date is “merely a ‘placeholder’ and is subject to change,” the statement said.

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Casey Battle, Kenson Hunte, Sheldon Dooley

Casey Battle, Kenson Hunte, Sheldon Dooley
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Casey Battle, Kenson Hunte, Sheldon Dooley

The shooting was featured on "The First 48" last year. The episode, "Deadly Rap," alleged that Hunte, "a local big shot" also known as Rich Show, was involved with the shooting but not at the studio when it happened. Battle was said to have been inside the recording studio and allegedly let the other gunmen in.

Dooley was one of the men who entered the Metropolitan, according to a lawsuit filed by Durham Law Group on behalf of Blake’s father, Patrick Blake, in April.

Another man who allegedly ambushed the studio, 27-year-old Nathan Hannon, was also killed in the shooting. 

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