CONYERS, Ga. (AP) — A man accused of the fatal murder of Atlanta rapper Trouble has been denied bail after an confrontation investigators say stemmed from jealousy of the woman.
A judge in Rockdale County on Tuesday denied bail to 33-year-old Jamichael Jones of Jonesboro, according to local news outlets, after Jones turned himself in to Rockdale County deputies early Tuesday morning.
It is clear that Jones has a lawyer representing him. The judge scheduled the next hearing for June 15.
Jones is charged with murder, aggravated assault, home invasion and battery in the Sunday death of Trouble, whose legal name was Mariel Semonte Orr. Bede, 34, was found shot to death in an apartment complex in the suburb of Conyers before dawn on Sunday. He later died in the hospital.
Trouble, also known as Skoob, has collaborated with artists such as Drake, The Weeknd, Young Thug, Gucci Mane, 2 Chainz in a career that began in 2011.
The warrant states that Jones arrived at the apartment and found Trouble asleep in bed with Jones’ ex-girlfriend, who was woken up by Jones punching her in the face. The woman told the deputies that Jones and Trouble began to fight until Jones drew his gun, shot Trouble in the chest, and fled. Investigators said Trouble and Jones had not met prior to the shooting.
Deputies found a woman with “visible facial injuries”, according to WXIA-TV. The woman said she broke up with Jones a week earlier after he hit her during an argument about “he doesn’t have a job and doesn’t help pay her bills.”
The deputies said the door to the apartment was forced open and they viewed CCTV footage of Jones entering and exiting the apartment complex at seven-minute intervals.
Rockdale County Sheriff Eric Levett said investigators were visiting Jones’ mother when Jones called her. Jones was put in touch with aides by his mother, who convinced Jones to turn himself in.
“His mother was a huge resource in helping us apprehend him,” WAGA-TV reported, Levett said.
The sheriff said that Jones showed no signs of remorse, but appeared to be frightened.
Trouble released their debut mixtape in 2011, which included “Bussin”, a local hit that led to new work, and two albums: 2018’s Edgewood and 2020’s Thug Luv.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Trouble’s children, loved ones and fans,” his record company Def Jam said in an Instagram post. “A true voice for his city and an inspiration to the community he proudly represents. Rest in peace Skub.”
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