Shreveport, Louisiana rapper Hurricane Chris has been found not guilty on all counts in his murder trial, per KTAL/KMSS.
Hurricane Chris, real name Christopher Dooley, was indicted by the Caddo Parish Jury in October 2020 over his suspected connection with the fatal shooting of 32-year-old Danzeria Farris Jr. in June, 2020. Throughout the trial, the rapper’s defense presented testimony from two witnesses while prosecutors presented 11 witnesses. Chris was found not guilty of second-degree murder on Tuesday. If found guilty, he was facing the potential of life in prison.
“Tonight I was found not guilty of second degree murder and illegal possession of stolen things,” said Hurricane Chris in a statement shared with The Shade Room. “I wanna thank God, my attorneys at the Washington & Wells law firm, and my family for standing with me as my life was on the line. They wanted to give me life if I was found guilty. Now I can hug my son and think about raising him to be a man. This situation drained me and affected my health greatly. God, I give you all the glory. I got my life back and words can’t explain how I feel. Thanks to everyone who wished me well.”
The shooting of Farris happened outside of a Texaco store in the city of Shreveport on June 19, 2020. When officers arrived at the scene, they found that Farris had been shot in his chest, stomach, and hip. He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he later died of his injuries. Chris was initially released from jail on a $500,000 bond following his arrest, and has maintained his innocence throughout the trial. He said he acted in self-defense in the shooting, and alleged Farris attempted to steal his Mercedes-Benz.