Mac Denied Bail In Slaying Case

Rapper's trial set for June 5 in Louisiana.

Rapper Mac, indicted on charges of second-

degree murder, was denied his request for bail Tuesday, said a St. Tammany

Parish criminal court spokesperson in Covington, La.

Mac (born McKinley Phipps), 22, was arraigned March 29 and pleaded innocent to

murder charges in connection with the shooting death of Barron Victor, 19, of

Slidell, La., at Club Mercedes — a Slidell nightclub which has since

closed.

The trial is set for 9 a.m. June 5 and is being heard by Judge William J. Burris

of the 22nd Judicial District Court. Phipps' next motion date is May 11. If

convicted, Phipps, nicknamed "The Camouflage Assassin," could face life in

prison.

The militant rapper's debut, Shell Shocked, was released in 1998 on

Master P's No Limit label. His latest

record, World War III (1999), has sold nearly 200,000 copies and

includes such songs as "Assassin Nation" (

HREF="http://media.addict.com/music/Mac/Assassin_Nation.ram">RealAudio

excerpt).