As expected, Cassidy has turned himself in. The rapper, whose real name is Barry Reese, surrendered early Friday afternoon (June 17) to Philadelphia police on charges of murder, attempted murder, reckless endangerment, aggravated assault, conspiracy and weapons possession.
The rapper is expected to remain behind bars at least until he is arraigned, which police estimate won’t be until late Friday or even Saturday, since booking and processing will take up to 12 hours. At his arraignment, Cassidy will enter a plea and a discussion about bail will take place. The Philadelphia district attorney’s office plans to request that Cassidy be held without bail, as it does with all murder cases, and a spokesperson for the district attorney said it is “very likely” the request will be granted by the judge.
Cassidy is a suspect in the fatal shooting of 22-year-old Desmond Hawkins, who was killed during a gunfight between two groups of men on April 15 (see “Cassidy Wanted For Murder” ). Philly police claim Cassidy and two other men, armed with .45 and .40 caliber handguns, 9 mm pistols, AK-47 assault rifles and 7.62 mm rifles, fired on three unarmed men during an argument behind a house in the rapper’s northwest Philadelphia neighborhood. During the melee, Hawkins was shot in the back and killed. The other two men were treated at hospitals for gunshot wounds and released.
Cassidy’s second album, I’m a Hustla, is due June 28.