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Snoop Doggy Dogg Acquitted Of Murder

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 21, 1996

Gangsta rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg and his former bodyguard were acquitted of murder Tuesday in the shooting death of a gang member.

Snoop, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, and McKinley Lee, 25, also were acquitted of conspiracy to commit assault in the Aug. 25, 1993, shooting death of Philip Woldemariam, an Ethiopian immigrant.

The 24-year-old rapper stared straight ahead as a Superior Court clerk read the verdicts.

The panel deadlocked on a lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter against both men and an accessory-after-the-fact charge against Broadus. The judge ordered jurors to resume deliberations on those counts.

Prosecutors claimed the two tracked Woldemariam down and shot him in cold blood at a city park after Woldemariam flashed a gang sign and shouted an obscenity in an earlier confrontation.

Defense lawyers called the shooting an act of self-defense, claiming Woldemariam was going for a gun in the waistband of his pants when Lee fired at him from a Jeep driven by Broadus.

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