Details of Nicki Minaj's boyfriend's manslaughter case emerge and it could have been a killing in cold blood
Minaj previously defended her new boyfriend Kenneth Petty over attempted rape. Now, details of his manslaughter charge have emerged and it doesn't look good for Petty.
Nicki Minaj's new relationship is continuing to make waves, and for all the wrong reasons. Fans were recently shocked when they learned that Minaj was dating Kenneth Petty, a music industry insider who was convicted for attempted rape and also done hard time for manslaughter.
While the details behind Petty's sex offender status are still murky, TMZ has now revealed the details of the shooting that took place in 2002 which landed Petty behind bars and it appears that Petty's manslaughter charge was a result of a planned hit as a result of gang beef.
According to the report, Petty rolled up on one Lamont Robinson one early morning in April 2002 and opened fire on him on a street corner in Queens, NY.
Petty reportedly drove to the crime scene with a car full of cronies that morning while Robinson was hanging out at the street corner. Petty then reportedly got out of the car, and shot him in the stomach three times, after which he fled the scene in the vehicle.
Police sources say that at the time of the crime investigators thought the incident was a planned hit that was gang-related and not the result of a robbery. One investigator who was close to the case told TMZ it was over some "bulls***."
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Robinson survived for a time, during which he identified Petty in a photo lineup. The victim responded with a nod, as he was not able to speak. He passed away shortly after. Though initially charged with second-degree murder, Petty plead down to first-degree manslaughter, according to records. After serving seven years in prison he was released in 2013.
Petty is believed to have been Minaj's high school sweetheart, but after fans found out that he had been in jail for attempted rape of a 16-year-old girl, the couple soon came under fire. But it seems like all this does not trouble Minaj, who recently defended her beau by writing on a now-deleted Instagram post caption: "He was 15, she was 16 ... in a relationship. But go awf, internet. y'all can't run my life. Y'all can't even run y'all own life. Thank you boo."
Saying that she won't let critics "run my life", Nicki even posted pictures of the couple cuddling up together as she celebrated her 36th birthday in Turks and Caicos.
Interestingly, the 'Queen' rapper disabled the comments on her Instagram posts to stop critics pointing out his criminal past. But she did take a preemptive shot at her haters as she shared a picture of Petty lifting her up and another of her arching her back over him in bed when she captioned them: "Oh they wanna talk? Let’s give’m smthn to talk about. *Shania voice*."
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