Kidd Creole murder trial opens with self-defense allegation | Entertainment News

NEW YORK (AP) — Rapper Kidd Creole’s trial has begun in New York. His attorney told a jury it was self-defense when the hip-hop pioneer stabbed a homeless man to death in 2017.

The artist, founding member of Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five, is charged with murder and was tried in Manhattan criminal court on Friday.

Prosecutors said the rapper, whose real name is Nathaniel Glover, stabbed John Jolly twice in the chest with a steak knife after becoming enraged because he thought Jolly was gay and hit on him. The stabbing happened as Glover was walking to his maintenance job in midtown Manhattan shortly before midnight on August 1, 2017, and Jolly asked him, “What’s up?” authorities said.

“Ladies and gentlemen, this is New York. It’s 12 p.m. Who says ‘What’s up?’ to you with good intentions?” Glover’s attorney, Scottie Celestin, told the jury. “His fear for his life was reasonable.

Celestin also said that Jolly died from a dose of a sedative benzodiazepine given to him in the hospital, not from the stab wounds.

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Assistant District Attorney Mark Dahl told the jury that Glover confessed to police and did not stab Jolly in self-defense, but rather angry because he thought Jolly was hitting him.

“The defendant confessed to pulling out a kitchen knife and repeatedly stabbing it into the body of an unknown man in the street, killing him,” Dahl said. “Was there anything that would stop him from just running away from Mr. Jolly?” No.”

Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five are best known for their 1982 rap song, “The Message.” The group formed in the late 1970s in the Bronx and became the first rap group to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.

The trial resumes Monday.

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