One of Four Men Has Ties To Russian Mafia
Teenage rapper Lil Phat was shot and killed in an Atlanta hospital parking deck in the summer of 2012. Four men have been taken into police custody regarding the killing of the 19-year old, and one of the men has ties to the Russian mafia.
Atlanta's Channel 2 news reports that the man, Mani Chulpayev, is accused of hiring hit men to kill the Louisiana native. Phat, born Melvin Vernell III, was supposedly planning to speak about Chalpayev's dealing in stolen cars.
Chulpayev’s attorney, George Plumides, staunchly denies his client's involvement.
“Mani had nothing against this kid, and grieved when he found out he got killed,” he said. “They put him out of business and they have nothing.”