Online commentator gets Aubrey Berry acquittal all wrong

By Alex A. Alonso
STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER
June 6, 2010 | 3:10 p.m.

LOS ANGELES – With the explosion of the internet and rapid growth of the blogospere, everyone who already had something to say, can have their message heard instantly no matter how ignorant or inaccurate they are. Youtube is a great method to present a commentary on a particular issue, but unfortunately, trying to get accurate and credible information can still make it a challenge.

I recently found a video commentary about the recent acquittal of Aubrey Berry, the Atlanta man arrested for the shooting death of Konvict artist, Roderick “Dolla” Burton. Apparently this particular person was disappointed that Berry was acquitted, but his commentary did not make any accurate representation of the evidence, which clearly represents a bias, which is acceptable for a person doing commentary, but more disturbing is that there are several misstatements in his short three minute video which does his watchers a disservice.

Let’s review.

1. At the intro of the video, he states that Aubrey Berry is being “slapped on the wrist for a first degree murder.” First degree murder was among three charges Berry was facing in the shooting death of Dolla. He was also facing a 2nd degree and a voluntary manslaughter charge. What’s misleading about this statement, is that it suggests that Berry was guilty of 1st degree murder in the first place. During the trial, there was no conclusive evidence that Berry killed Dolla with malice aforethought or that the killing was premeditated. Evidence at the trial revealed that, Dolla and Berry coincidentally where at the same restaurant and that Berry was actually leaving the restaurant when he realized Dolla was there, so to characterize this shooting as 1st degree or planned in any way is wholly inaccurate.

2. Berry did not represent himself in court. He was represented by criminal defense attorney Howard R. Price. This was not reported anywhere so we can assume that he just made this up.

3. Berry never said that Dolla said “I will kill you” in that Atlanta night club. Berry testified that Dolla threatened him at the valet area at the Beverly Center in Los Angeles, so again the commentator just made up some more inaccurate information.

4. At 1:12 of the video he states that Berry shot Dolla 3 times in the back, while conveniently avoiding the first shot that Dolla suffered to his front left bicep. He was actually shot twice in his back and once in his buttocks after the first shot for a total of 4 shots. During the trial the Los Angeles County Coroner and a pathologist testified about these four gun shot wounds.

5. At 1:17 of the video clip he states that Dolla was running away when he was getting shot. This is most likely untrue, because there was a wall or partition behind Dolla, so when he did run, he ran to his right across the garage. At that point he was already shot four times. He could not get shot three times in the back when he was running with his side exposed.

6. At 1:20 he says that Berry shot at Dolla four times, hitting him three times. Berry shot a total of eight rounds, four of which hit Dolla. Since this was not reported anywhere in the article he cites, it is fair to assume he just made this up.

7. At 1:28 he states that because Dolla was shot in the back, that it could not be self defense. He correctly states that he is not an attorney and that’s where he should have ended it, but he revealed his ignorance by making judgments about the shooting based on where Dolla was shot. What this guy fails to mention is the first shot that Dolla received was in the front. Naturally when someone is getting shot, they are going to turn around and if the shooter is shooting their weapon multiple times we would expect for some shots to land in the back. Back in 1993, rapper Snoop Dogg was charged with the first degree shooting of a Crip named Philip Woldemariam, who too was shot in the back. A jury found Snoop and his bodyguard not guilty of all charges and the shooting was considered self defense.

8. At 2:03 he mentions again that Dolla was shot in the back with out ever mentioning the frontal shot to the left bicep.

9. At 2:04 he mentions that Dolla was running away while he was shot and relies on a Hip-Hop website that mentions in the first sentence that the acquittal occurred on Saturday May 22, 2010 when everyone knows that courts are not open on Saturdays.

10. One of the most unusual mistakes in the clip is when he states that Big Pun was murdered. What planet was this guy on when his mind recalled that one of the most prolific rappers in the history of hip-hop who publicly battled with his weight and ultimately died of a heart attack was murdered? Incredible. That’s like forgetting that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

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111 Comments for “Online commentator gets Aubrey Berry acquittal all wrong”

  1. meme

    can we all get along

  2. nina

    this was wrong in the fullest of fullest

  3. nunu

    can we all get along

  4. candy

    FOR THE LAST TIME IT IS NOT A EYE FOR A EYE ANYMORE AND DONT GIVE ME THAT WHAT WAS POOR AUBREY GONNA DO ABOUT DOLLA HE ki*lED DOLLA OVER A FIGHT HOW CAN ANY ONE WHO HAS COMMON SENSE THINK THAT THIS IS NOT MURDER IN BROADDAYLIGHT WERE KIDS COULD OF BEEN AROUND AND AUBREY WAS SO RIDULAS TO THNK HE DONT HAVE TO SUFFER SOMETHING FOR This WHAT KIND OF LIFE WILL HE HAVE TO LIVE NOW

    • big leagues

      read the LA Times article, Dolla is dead because he tried to gang bang on someone who was prepared to defend himself. Dolla lived the life of a thug with multiple arrests including possession of a an illegal gun in Atlanta, and Berry lived a life where he never got in trouble with the police and graduated from college. Stop being ignorant Candy, Meme, April or whatever name you decide to use next time.

      • NINA

        what the yeck you keep writing me for if you believe aubrey that is your problem i believe dolla and i will defend him and i am not ignorant some laws are ignorant and some laws are right some laws change some laws stay the same but GOD LAWS ALWAYS REMAIN THE SAME THOU SHALL NOT ki*l SO WHEN YOU SAY AUBREY ki*lED DOLLA IN SELF DEFENCE I DONT BELIVE IT WHY DIDNT AUBREY GET A RETRAINING ORDER OR SOMETHING YOU PEOPLE ARE FULL OF YOURSELVES I COULD SEE IF S+DOLLA WAS REALLY IN A GANG I BELIEVE AUBREY WANTED HIM DEAD AND TOOK ADVANTAGE OF THE LAW. WHY DO YOU THINK HE TOOK THE GUN WITH HIM WHEN IT WAS NOT REGISTERED IN CALI THIS MAN WAS COLLEGE EDUCATED HE NEW IS GUN WAS NOT SUPPOSE TO GO TO CALI HE IS A LIAR

      • dede

        maybe you should read the la times dolla was not no gang member maybe au brey should of defended his self different so what so what so what so what aubrey was a college educated dummy lol because dolla was arrested for this and that that does not means he needs to be murdered by a crazy fool and whatever your name is big leagues pastor kelly because if you were a real pastor you would no this was murder and aubreys gun was not registered were in ki*led dolla lying saying he did not no this gun was not suppose to be brought from georgia to cali YOU STOP BEING IGNORANT WHAT ARE YOU SO UPSET FOR YOU DID NOT LOSE A SON DOLLA MOTHER DID OVER A DUMB FIGHT AND THEN AUBREY PLAYINGB GOD WITH SOMEONES LIFE YOU ARE TALKING STUPID A LIFE WAS TAKEN YOU ACT LIKE IT AINT NOTHING AND BY THE WAY a 9 YEAR GIRL GO ONLINE WITH ME SO YOU GOT THE NAMES WRONG ALONG WITH OTHER PEOPLE IF YOU LOOK BACK YOU WILL SEE WERE IT SAYS A 9EAR OLD GIRL ALL YOU ARE TELLING ME IS DOLLA WAS BAD HE CARRIEd GUNS SO WHAT HE DID NOT ki*l NO ONE WE ALL MADE MISTAKES AS TEENAGERS SO DONT BE STUPID TO LIFE

    • big leagues

      He didnt murder Dolla, he ki*led Dolla, when Dolla decided to confront Berry along with two other men in a threatening manner. Incidentally, Dolla was part of an blankault against Berry 12 days before. Dolla followed Berry, Berry didnt follow Dolla, and according to the law, you have the right to shoot to ki*l if you feel threatened, and that’s exactly what happened. END it people, its over.

      If you dont believe in kil#i*gg in self defense then you have a problem.

      • candy

        AND BY THE WAY THE ONLY TIME AUBREY LOOKED SCARED WHEN HE WAS IN THE COURTROOM AND THOUGHT HE WAS GONNA GET SOME YEARS AND TO LIE AND SAY HE WAS SCARED OF DOLLA EVEN THE POICE SAID DOLLA WAS NOT IN NO GANG MAYBE NEW SOME BUT THAT WAS IT AND AUBREY GONNA LIE TO PROTECT HIMSELF HE COULD OF CALLED THE POLICE WHEN HE SAY DOLLA WITH HIS UNREGISTERED GUN AND THEN SHOOTS DOLLA IN BROAD DAYLIGHT THIS MAN HAS NO COMMON SENCE THIS WAS NOT SELF DEFENCE THIS WAS SELFISHNESS TO SATISGY AUBREY

      • candy

        this was not selfdefence how could you compare a fight to murder JUST TO SATISFY YOUR SELFISH WAYS AND THE SYSTEM WILL COME CRASHING DOWN SOON I WILL NEVER BELIEVE IN THIS SELFISHNESS YOU PEOPLE DONT EVEN CARE ABOUT PEOPLE JUST YOUR SELFISHNESS YOU PEOPLE ARE INSANE IN THE BRAIN just like aubrey HES DRIVES AROUND THE MAN HE ki*lS WHAT KIND OF SICK FREAK IS THAT YES I HAVE A PROBLEM AND I WILL HELp DOLLAS MOTHER FOR JUSTICE THIS AUBREY IS IN POLICE PROTECTION IF HE DONE NO WRONG nothing BUT LIARS DOLLA WAS NOT GONNA ki*l AUBREY GOS TO SHOW EVERYONE ABREY IS A MURDERER IN THE FIRST THE COURT SYSTEM IN THIS CASE IS NOTHING BUT A FREAK SHOW WITH AUBREYS LYING SELF IN IT AND IF YOU BELIEVE IN kil#i*gG IN THIS CASE YOU HAVE A MURDERES HEART WITH ALL THE OTHER VINDICTIVE NUTS

      • candy

        so what dolla followed him does not prove dolla was gonna ki*l THE LAW IS NOT ALWATS RIGHT THERE LAWS SAYING YOU CAN MURDER A UNBORN CHILD ABORTION IS NO RIGHT THE LAWS IN THE 60s not right that why was changed just because something is a law that does not mean it is right its not over a young man murdered and his mother was crying and you got some nerve talking aubrey was talking junk just as much as dolla and you gonna lie and say this law is right even kids wont believe this there could of been kids there ehen aubrey starting shooting how retarded is this man he needs to be taken back to court

        • candy

          AND YOU KEEP DEFENDING AUBREY BUT NEVER ONCE DID YOU SAY RIP DOLLA OR ANYTHING JUST ABOUT AUBREY MAKES ME THINK YOU ALSO HAVE A MURDEROUS HEART THERE ARE SELDEFENCES OUT THERE BUT NOT IN THIS CASE THIS CASE SOUNDS LIKE A EYE FOR A EYE AND YOU PEOPLE JUDGED DOLLLA HE WAS THIS AND THAT AND OTHER THINGS WE ALL WILL BE JUDGED BY GOD SO WHAT IS AUBREY GONNA SAY I ki*lED DOLLA BECAUSE WE HAD A FIGHT 2 WEEKS AGO AND I THOUGHT MY LIFE WAS IN DANGER AND YOU THINK GOD GONNA SAY THAT THIS WAS OKAY I DONT THINK SO THIS kil#i*gG WAS WRONG DOES NOT TAKE A ROCKET SCIENTIST TO FIGURE THIS OUT

  5. dede

    BE A SOLUTION TO YOUNG PEOPLE NOT A VINDICTIVE PERSON TALKING ABOUT DOLLA HE CARRIED ILLEGAL GUNS SO WHAT HE NEVER ki*lED NO ONE AUBREY CARRIED ONE TO THATWAS ILLEGAL WERE HE ki*lED DOLLA WHEN ARE YOU GONNA SAY RIP DOLLA DONT THINK YOU WILL EVER PEOPLE ARE EVIL WHEN IT COMES TO A CHILD GETTING ki*lED JUST BECAUSRE HE SMOKED WEED HE CARRIED ILLEGAL GUN DOLLA WAS DOING SOMETHING WITH HIS LIFE HE COULD OF CLEANED UP HIS ACT STOP BEING RIDICULES AND REMEMBER GOD SAYS THOU SHALL NOT ki*l NOT A THIEF BE SMITTEN OR WHATEVER HE CLEARLY SAYS THOU SHALL NOT ki*l HE DID NOT SAY IF YOU GET INTO A FIGHT YOU CAN ki*l BECAUSE THE PERSON CAN DO ME BODILY HARM THIS WAS AN EYE FOR EYE NO MATTER WHAT YOU SAY

    • big leagues

      Yes, Dolla was doing some things in his life, but you can’t be out there acting and portraying the thug life style, beat people up, unless you are ready to deal with the consequences.

      The Bible also shows how David ki*led Goliath in self defense. That verse you are trying to quote about “smitten” actually supports self defense. Exodus 22:2 states: “If a thief be found breaking up, and be smitten that he die, there shall no blood be shed for him, if the sun be risen upon him, there shall be blood shed for him; for he should make full restitution; if he have nothing, then he shall be sold for his theft.”

      Berry, defended himself. Get over it Candy, Dede, Nina or what ever your name is today.

  6. NINA

    BE A SOLUTION TO YOUNG PEOPLE NOT A VINDICTIVE PERSON TALKING ABOUT DOLLA HE CARRIED ILLEGAL GUNS SO WHAT HE NEVER ki*lED NO ONE AUBREY CARRIED ONE TO THATWAS ILLEGAL WERE HE ki*lED DOLLA WHEN ARE YOU GONNA SAY RIP DOLLA DONT THINK YOU WILL EVER PEOPLE ARE EVIL WHEN IT COMES TO A CHILD GETTING ki*lED JUST BECAUSRE HE SMOKED WEED HE CARRIED ILLEGAL GUN DOLLA WAS DOING SOMETHING WITH HIS LIFE HE COULD OF CLEANED UP HIS ACT STOP BEING RIDICULES AND REMEMBER GOD SAYS THOU SHALL NOT ki*l NOT A THIEF BE SMITTEN OR WHATEVER HE CLEARLY SAYS THOU SHALL NOT ki*l HE DID NOT SAY IF YOU GET INTO A FIGHT YOU CAN ki*l BECAUSE THE PERSON CAN DO ME BODILY HARM THIS WAS AN EYE FOR EYE NO MATTER WHAT YOU SAY

  7. NINA

    STOPN BEING VINDICTIVE

  8. NINA

    THE BIBLE SAY THOU SHALL NOT ki*l NEVER SAID WE COULD ki*l IF WE GET BEAT UP OR WHATEVER TELL THAT TO GOD IF YOU THINK YOU COULD ki*l YOUR ENEMYS WE ARE SUPPOSE TO PRAY FOR OUR ENEMYS NOT ki*l THEM DOLLA WAS A FIGHTER NOT A MURDERER GOS TO SHOW YOU YOU MUST HAVE A MURDERES HEART AND USING THE BIBLE FOR YOUR SELFISH WAYS OR READING THE OLD TESTAMENT BECAUSE THE NEW TEST. CLEARLY SAYS WE ARE SUPPOSE TO PRAY FOR ENEMYS NOT ki*l THEM

  9. NINA

    BIG LEAGUES YOU ARE USING THE OLD TESTAMENT ABOUT DAVID IN GOLIATH DEFENDING THEMSELVES IT IS THE NEW TESTAMENT WE USE NOW YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND THE BIBLE IT CLEARLY SAYS THOU SHALL NOT ki*l THIS IS THE NEW TESTMENT WE CANNNOT ki*l OUR ENEMYS WE HAVE TO PRAY FOR THEM NOT ki*l THEM DOLLA BEATUPAUBREY HE SHOULD OF NEVER MURDERED DOLLA OVER A FIGHT WE DO NOT USE THE OLD TESY. WE ARE SUPPOSE TO USE THE NEW TEST. YOU MUST DONT UNDERSTAND THAT

  10. NINA

    let me tell you something ther is no where in the new testaMENT WHERE YOU CAN ki*l SOMEONE YOU ARE IN THE OLD TOMES WITH THE SMITTEN CRAP

  11. NINA

    SOME LAWS ARE IGNORANT SOME LAWS ARE RIGHT SOME LAWS CHANGE SOMW STAY THE SAME BUT GODS LAW ALWAYS REMAINS THE SAME THOU SHALL NOT ki*l YOU ARE LIVING WITH THE OLD TESTAMENT WITH DAVID GETTING REVENGE IT IS NOT A EYE FOR A EYE ANYMORE THE NEW TESTAMENTS SAYS YOU HAVE TO PRAY FOR YOUR ENEMYS NOT ki*l THEM

  12. Macedon

    Okay Nina next time someone beats on you with two other people till your brain is mush just remember you cannot do anything to stop them

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  16. from both places

    I really dont know to much about this story,but people we cant even go out to the mail no more or out to eat wit out being in some kind of confrontation where u might b ki*lied bcuz sum1 couldnt walk away dame . But i do have a question how is it proven that shooting sum1 in the bac self defence ? My opinion when ur bac is turned ur fleeing. And if ur fleeing seems to me u trying to get the hell out of dodge ,run 4 cover ,trying to get out of harms way u know what i mean.If ur life is in danger and the person ur feel is a treat to u is fleeing at that point u should run for cover not shoot bcuz u already made it very clear when u pulled the gun out u meant buziness an that u would use it to protect ur life. This guy shoot and ki*leid a man running thats murder if he got off or not .Its sad the vaule of a young blk man gettin shot down like dogs even if they had a big mouth or not.2 me just another blk man dead wow. An to the ki*ler it wasnt worth another blk man blood on ur hands whatever happen could have been done differently . An one ? y did u have a gun anyway? Was it legal an was it registered to u? Also y where u going to the mall to shop or eat take ur gun what did ur fear that u had to have a gun on u going out to the mall to kick bac. Or is it u where looking for trouble and found it and that it didnt mean sh*% to shoot another blk man down so u did.

  17. Colin Romney

    Streetgangs went in so hard on this fool on Youtube, that he removed his own video. He was an idiot, but I understand Streetgangs saved a copy of the video if this idiot ever decides to bad talk Alonso.

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