By Nadeska Alexis
The man accused of killing rapper Slim Dunkin (born, Mario Hamilton) has turned himself into Atlanta police. 28-year-old Vinson Hardimon, better known as Young Vito, is now in custody after police issued a warrant for his rest last week, urging him to turn himself in, as he might be in danger. Hardimon is being fingered as the man who fired the fatal shot at Dunkin after getting into an argument that began over a piece of candy.
“I got a call today from his attorney,” homicide Det. David Quinn told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “He said he wished to turn himself in.” Hardimon surrendered himself to police around 2p.m. on Monday (December 26) and shortly afterwards he was taken to the Fulton jail. Det. Quinn told the AJC that Hardiom’s appearance had changed since the day of the shooting, noting that he had nixed his dreadlocks and gotten rid of both his mustache and goatee. The detective also added that each of Hardimon’s previous arrests–with at least four on record–involved weapons charges.
Police are still asking witnesses to provide information on the shooting incident, which took place in a record studio with approximately 30 people present.
Slim Dunkin was an emerging star in Waka Flocka Flame’s Brick Squad Monopoly crew. Aside from key appearances alongside Flocka on his 2010 debut album, Flockaveli, and on Gucci Mane and V-Nasty’s BAYTL LP, Slim was also beginning to make waves as a soloist. In October he released Menace II Society, a 20-track mixtape that featured Gucci Mane, Roscoe Dash and Pastor Troy.
Last week a public viewing service was held for Slim Dunkin, followed by a private funeral.