Just moments ago Mani Chulpayev was denied bond by Fulton County Judge, in the murder case of Atlanta based rapper Lil Phat

By Curt Cramer

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Just moments ago, it was reported that former Russian Mafia boss Mani Chulpayev has been denied bond by the judge presiding over his accessory to murder case in Fulton County, GA. Chulpayev is accused of facilitating a GPS coordinate that assisted the killers of aspiring Trill Entertainment rapper Melvin Vernell III known better in the hip hop world as “Lil Phat”.

Lil Phat was visiting his newborn son at an Atlanta hospital when he was gunned down. Chulpayev’s “business partner” Decensae “Grizz” White has now admitted to prosecutors that he ordered Lil Phat murdered because of a drug deal gone bad. Shockingly, he is also expected to cooperate with investigators, and testify he ordered the murder with the understanding he would only receive a maximum of 8 years in prison, according to the Hip Hop Enquirer. Decensae is also an aspiring rapper from California, and was the leading scorer for San Francisco State University’s basketball team.


In a previous hearing this past summer, rapper Eldorado Red (collaborator of such acts as Yo Gotti, Waka Flocka Flame) was also denied bond. Along with the murder, he was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a firearm during a felony, and participation in criminal street gang activity, according to documents from the case.

Chulpayev is amongst the men accused, according to Fulton County prosecutors, since Chulpayev wanted the rapper dead as he believed that Lil Phat was going to testify against him for selling him a car that was stolen. During a recent hearing, Chulpayev’s defense attorney Tanya Miller told the judge that her client didn’t know that when he gave the GPS tracking codes to Decensae, the men were looking to kill Lil Phat.

-Curt Cramer (@CurtisRemarc)

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