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Man Accused in Rapper Slim Dunkin's Death Waives First Court Appearance


A man accused of killing a local rapper waived his first court appearance on Tuesday.

Instead, Vinson Hardmon's attorney, Derek Wright, appeared in court on his behalf.

Hardimon, 28, is accused of gunning down rapper Slim Dunkin during an argument at a Memorial Drive music studio.

Hardimon, who goes by the name of Young Vito, turned himself in to police on Monday in the murder of a local rapper a couple of weeks ago.

Slim Dunkin was gunned down at a music studio on Memorial Drive in Atlanta. Police say he got into an argument and was fighting with the gunman when he died.

"Discharged that weapon at least one time, striking Mr. Hamilton in the chest. At this point we have not been able to determine a motive behind the actual argument itself. However, homicide investigators have questioned at least seven or eight individuals that were inside the building," said Major Keith Meadows of the Atlanta Police Department on December 17.

Slim Dunkin's real name was Mario Hamilton. He had worked with several Atlanta based rappers, including Gucci Mane and Waka Flocka Flame, both of whom helped pay for his funeral.

"I think when the facts come out, I think an entirely different presentation is going to be known to the public and more importantly, to a jury," said Hardimon's attorney, Derek Wright.

While police were searching for Hardimon, there were several internet sites that posted bounties for him, and for that reason, his family and Hardimon himself, says Wright, were concerned for his safety. He says Hardimon's family is relieved he is in the Fulton County Jail.

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