Atlanta producer Shawty Redd (born Demetrius Lee Stewart) was charged with murder last year after a fatal shooting incident occurred at his Hampton, Georgia home on New Year’s Day 2010. The “Who Dat” producer was charged with the death of Damon Martin, but MTV News has learned exclusively that Redd has been found not guilty of murder and has been cleared of all other charges as well.
On Thursday (November 3) Redd’s attorney Ashutosh Joshi broke the news.”The defense [in the trial] was clearly self-defense,” Joshi told MTV. “We argued that Redd’s life was threatened both verbally and physically, and this occurred in his home and that he shot this gentleman as a result of that.” The bench trial, which began Monday, was decided by a judge without a jury and concluded Wednesday. On Thursday, Judge Wade Crumbly cleared Stewart on all charges relating to Martin’s death
Shawty Redd got his start producing a number of underground tracks for Young Jeezy, as well as six tracks from his platinum debut Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101. He got the most attention working with Snopp Dogg on his 2008 single “Sexual Eruption” and has also worked with Gucci Mane, Pusha T and Rick Ross.