May 20, 2009 / 11:07 PM / 9 years ago

Atlanta man charged with murder of rapper Dolla

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - An Atlanta man was on Wednesday charged with murdering a promising rapper at an upscale Los Angeles shopping mall earlier this week.

Aubrey Berry, 23, is accused of shooting 21-year-old Roderick Burton, a.k.a. Dolla, in the head on Monday. Dolla was standing in the parking garage at the Beverly Center, a mall near Beverly Hills.

If convicted of murder and two related charges, Burton faces a maximum of life in prison with the possibility of parole, according to Los Angeles prosecutors.

The motive for the killing remains unclear, although the two men were involved in an altercation last week at an Atlanta strip club frequented by the hip-hop community, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The Los Angeles District Attorney’s office said Berry drove away from the scene of the crime and was later arrested at Los Angeles International Airport, where he allegedly was carrying a gun. He is being held on $1.1 million bail.

Dolla’s song “Feelin’ Myself” was featured in the 2006 dance movie “Step Up.” The Atlanta-based singer had flown to Los Angeles earlier in the day to finish work on his debut album, stopping to do some shopping before heading to the studio.

The shooting took place 1.5 miles from where another rapper, Notorious B.I.G., was fatally shot in 1997.

Reporting by Dean Goodman; Editing by Cynthia Osterman

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