Man Accused of Killing Kid Cali Seeks New Lawyer in Murder Case
Last summer, chaos ensued when shots were fired at a Los Angeles pool party in Grenada Hills. Two people were injured in the shooting, and up-and-coming rap star Kid Cali was left dead. Some time afterward 20-year-old Inglewood, Calif. resident Kenny Birdineman was arrested after being accused of firing off the shots.
Yesterday (Jan. 9), Birdineman arrived in court for a preliminary hearing, using the services of a public defender. According to the Los Angeles Daily News, he is now working to get a private attorney on his case. The news outlet later reached out to Calabasas attorney H. Russell Halpern, who confirmed that Birdineman's family had contacted him to see about securing his help. Halpern says money could be an "issue" when it comes to getting him to work on Birdineman's behalf. Birdineman's preliminary trial has been rescheduled for Jan. 26.
Kid Cali, who was only 30 on the day of his untimely death, was signed to Desean Jackson's Jaccpot Records. After Kid Cali died, Jackson let his feelings on the matter be known on social media, writing simply that he was "at a loss for words." Nipsey Hussle, NBA forward Matt Barnes and others, including artist manager Steve Lobel who posted the above photo.
Anthony Rayburn, who worked as Birdineman's public defender up until Monday, once claimed that Kid Cali's murder might have been a result of mistaken identity, considering how many people were at the party. Birdineman remains incarcerated at Men’s Central Jail in Los Angeles and is being held at $3 million bail.
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