Chaka Zulu, a music executive and manager of hip hop legend Ludacris ; was arrested and charged with murder in Georgia according to news reports.
The news broke via WSBTV news anchor Michael Seiden’s Twitter with the story and mugshots included.
According to reports written by Seiden it states, “The music executive, whose real name is Ahmed Obafemi, is also charged w/ aggravated assault, possession of firearm during commission of a felony and simple battery, according to jail records.”
Zulu turned himself into authorities September 13 and allegedly bonded out the same day.
The music executive attorney has responded to the murder charges claiming Zulu killed the descendent in self defense. His attorney claims Zulu was being viciously attacked by four men including the descendent the night of the incident on June 26, 2022.
The alleged shooting occurred inside a parking lot on Peachtree Road in the 2200 block. The full incident was caught on surveillance camera. According to his attorney the video footage is key evidence that Zulu indeed acted in self-defense. Zulu was also injured during the shooting allegedly suffering a gunshot wound to the back.
Zulu’s arrest comes more than two months
after the descendant Artez Benton, 23, was killed.
“Mr. Chaka Zulu, a beloved son of the
City of Atlanta, is disappointed in the
Atlanta Police Department’s decision
to bring charges against him surrounding the shooting that occurred in June 2022. A close review of all of the evidence, including the
surveillance footage and eyewitness interviews, reveals that Mr. Zulu was attacked and jumped from behind by a gang of at least four (4) individuals (sadly including the decedent) and
was forced to defend himself after this gang repeatedly stomped, punched, and kicked him while he was on the ground in a defenseless posture. Mr. Zulu was shot in the back during the
shooting and nearly lost his life, and is still recovering from the nearly fatal injuries he sustained that evening.”
His attorney continues,
“Mr. Zulu was at his place of business that night and had every right to defend himself. In an attempt to save his life, Mr. Zulu lawfully discharged his weapon in self-defense, a weapon that he is licensed to carry. Mr. Zulu fully cooperated with law enforcement officials and their investigation, and voluntarily turned
himself in once he learned of the arrest warrants. Mr. Zulu remains confident that his named will be cleared of all charges through the judicial process. It is not lost on Mr. Zulu that someone lost his life, but had Mr. Zulu not lawfully defended himself, Mr. Zulu would have been killed that night.”