Shawty Redd Acquitted of Murder

The acclaimed hitmaking producer was cleared of all charges stemming from a 2010 shooting.

Posted: 11/04/2011 05:25 PM EDT
Shawty Redd Murder Acquittal

Shawty Redd can get back to doing what he does best: making dope beats. The "Sexual Eruption" producer has been cleared of murder charges after being implicated in a 2010 shooting.

On yesterday Shawty, born Demetrius Lee Stewart, was found not guilty of murder and other charges stemming from the fatal 2010 New Year's Day shooting of Damon Martin, according to MTV News.  The bench trial, which lasted just two days, concluded Wednesday. The following day, Judge Wade Crumbly cleared the Atlanta producer of all charges.

"The defense [in the trial] was clearly self-defense," Redd's attorney, Ashutosh Joshi, said. "We argued that Redd's life was threatened both verbally and physically, and this occurred in his home and that he shot this gentleman as a result of that."


Shawty Redd started out crafting beats for Young Jeezy, producing six songs from the ATL rapper's debut album, Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101. He's worked with Gucci Mane, J. Cole, Pusha T and Rick Ross as well, though his biggest success to date is Snoop Dogg's 2008 smash "Sexual Eruption."

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