The trial of the man accused of shooting and killing Brick Squad rapper Slim Dunkin began today (February 19) in Atlanta with a Fulton County prosecutor warning jurors to prepare for hostile witnesses who practice the “no snitching” code.
Dunkin, born Mario Hamilton, was allegedly killed by another Atlanta rapper named Young Vito, born Vinson Hardimon, who turned himself in 10 days after the killing.
The lead prosecutor acknowledged that Dunkin was a member of the Bloods street gang. Slim Dunkin and Young Vito allegedly got into a fight over a piece of candy that turned deadly at a Memorial Drive recording studio.
Vito’s attorney told jurors that his client feared for his life after Dunkin allegedly rapped moments before his death, “I’m gonna put two (bullets) in his head,” while pointing at Young Vito. The two allegedly got into a fistfight after that before Vito fired one shot from a gun in his waistband. Vito’s attorney claimed the rapper was aiming for Dunkin’s thigh but unfortunately hit him in the abdomen.
Young Vito is charged with murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.