Charges dropped against local rapper ‘Tiny Doo’

10News Digital Team
11:53 PM, Jan 13, 2015

TIny Doo newsSAN DIEGO – A local rapper who has spent eight months behind bars for his song lyrics may soon go free.

A judge has dropped conspiracy charges against Brandon Duncan — who goes by the rapper name “Tiny Doo” — and more than a dozen other gang members.

Duncan’s attorney, Brian Watkins, talked to 10News on the phone after the ruling.

“His spirits are up now,” said Watkins. “It’s been a terrible situation for him. He’s been in jail for over half a year.”

Duncan and 14 other gang members were charged in a gang conspiracy involving nine shootings since April 2013.

Duncan has not been tied directly to the shootings, but he is the first person to be charged under a little-used statute approved by California voters in 2000 that allows for the prosecution of gang members if they benefited from crimes committed by other gang members.

In a jailhouse interview with 10News, he said his album “No Safety” is merely about urban culture and does not promote gang violence.

“I’m just painting a picture of a story, that’s it,” Duncan said. “I’m not telling anybody ‘hey go commit this crime.'”

In court, the judge found no proof that Duncan knew anything about any of the shootings or that he benefited from them in any way.

Duncan will be back in court on Friday.

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