Female rapper faces murder charges following late-night shooting

 October 11, 2023

A Miami-based rapper is facing second-degree murder charges following a shooting that left dead a man who is believed to have been her manager.ย 

According to NBC 6, local law enforcement officers converged on Miami's 2400 block of Northwest 2nd Avenue at around 1:35 a.m. on Monday after the city's ShotSpotter system alerted them to gunfire.

Shooter identified as Kevhani Camilla Hicks

There they discovered a man laid out in the street who had been hit with multiple gunshots. He was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center but subsequently passed away.

Police also transported a 27-year-old woman named Kevhani Camilla Hicks to the facility as well to be treated for injuries stemming from blunt force trauma.

A hip hop recording artist, Hicks is better known to the public by her stage name Key Vhani. Her YouTube channel also describes her as being CEO of Pretty Thug Music.

Video shows two men attacking Hicks

"We know that based on her statement, that the victim in this case is her manager and she says that sheโ€™s a singer. But we donโ€™t know what led to this argument," Miami Police spokesman Michael Vega was quoted as saying.

Surveillance footage shows Hicks emerging from a white Lexus sedan before two men also get out and begin attacking her. All three end up on the ground at one point, with one of them on top of Hicks.

One of the men pursued Hicks on foot before attempting to return to the vehicle but was shot by the rapper. The driver then sped off, striking Hicks as he fled.

The shooting quickly attracted attention on social media, with one observer suggesting the need for artists to choose their business managers wisely.

Judge orders Hicks held without bond

NBC 6 noted that during a court appearance on Tuesday before Miami-Dade Judge Mindy Glazer, Hicks' public defender described the rapper's actions as amounting to a "clear case of self-defense."

However, Glazer nevertheless concluded that the circumstances prevented her from granting Hick's request to be released on bond.

"I believe she does have a very good self-defense claim but that claim is a defense of the charge, it doesn't negate the finding that there is probable cause for second-degree murder, the victim was walking away and she shot him after he was beating on her," Glazer said at the hearing.

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