Keith Murray Released From Halfway House

Def Squad member rejoins group after doing three years for 1995 brawl assault.

The Def Squad is once again whole.

Rapper Keith Murray was released from a Bridgeport, Connecticut, halfway house Monday (May 14) after three years' imprisonment. Murray — a member of the Def Squad with Redman and Erick Sermon — left the Maple Street House facility, where he was transferred earlier this year, and traveled to New York to be with his family, according to a source close to the rapper. The source said Murray was upbeat and eager to resume his life.

Murray, whose most recent album, It's a Beautiful Thing, was released in 1999 while he was incarcerated, has already begun to record again. He appears on "Wrong 4 Dat," a track on Redman's Malpractice, which is due in stores May 22.

Murray was convicted in 1996 of hitting a man in the head with a barstool during a 1995 nightclub brawl. He was released on bail while awaiting appeal but was sentenced to three years in prison in 1998. Murray fled authorities for a month but turned himself in in October 1998. Having always maintained his innocence, Murray filed a lawsuit for a new trial but dropped it earlier this year in exchange for having three months dropped from his sentence.