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YFN Lucci's Attorney Says There's 'No Basis' for Murder Charge

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YFN Lucci performs onstage during "Joy To The Polls" pop up concert on Jan. 5, 2021 in Atlanta.

YFN Lucci is being held without bond after he was charged with murder this week following a fatal shootout in December, the rapper's attorney confirmed to Billboard.

A Dec. 10 shooting in Atlanta left one man dead and another man injured. Emergency crews arrived on the scene and discovered James Adams, 28, lying on the street with a gunshot wound to his head; he died at a local hospital shortly after. Kevin Wright, 32, arrived at a nearby fire station with a gunshot wound to the abdomen that authorities believed to be in connection to the Adams shooting; Wright survived his injuries.

Lucci (real name Rayshawn Bennett) turned himself in Wednesday, one day after police announced he was wanted on a number of charges connected to the shootings, including murder. The 29-year-old rapper was booked into Fulton County jail, a spokesperson for the Atlanta Police Department confirmed to Billboard.

"Our review of the initial evidence made available to us, indicates there is no basis for any criminal charges against Rayshawn Bennett," Lucci's attorney, Drew Findling told Billboard on Friday (Jan. 15) in a statement. "We will continue our own investigation on his behalf."

A video announcement from Atlanta PD on Wednesday confirmed that YFN Lucci faces the charges of felony murder, aggravated assault and participation in criminal street gang activity as well as possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. His lawyer confirmed to Billboard that he's currently being held without bond due to a jurisdictional issue and that he's waiting for it to be kicked up to a higher court and that bond probably won’t come for "a couple weeks."

Shortly before surrendering to authorities, YFN Lucci rolled out a new music video with Mozzy for their collaboration "Rolled On."