Rapper convicted of gold chain killing

June 17, 2009 6:08:22 AM PDT
A suburban Philadelphia jury has convicted a rap singer of first-degree murder for a 2005 shooting death that authorities said was revenge for the theft of a gold chain.

Tuesday's verdict in Chester County Court means a mandatory sentence of life without parole for 28-year-old Earl Handfield II, also known by his stage name "Marblez."

Police say Handfield blamed 29-year-old Charles Jennings Jr. for the theft of a gold chain taken from around his neck at a convenience store. They say Handfield spotted Jennings and chased him down a Coatesville street firing a revolver.

The defense maintained that one of the prosecution's key witnesses had implicated himself in the shooting.

Coatesville is about 35 miles west of Philadelphia.

Information from: Daily Local News, http://www.dailylocal.com

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