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Client Beats Murder Charge After His Lawyer Raps to Jury

September 27, 1994

DETROIT (AP) _ A man beat a murder charge after his lawyer rapped to the beat.

Rondelle Woods was accused of supplying a shotgun that another man used to shoot 19-year-old Douglas Melonson last year.

Police said Woods and the other man, Gregory Wheeler, were kicked out of a birthday party for Melonson’s sister, then returned with the weapon.

Woods’ attorney, William Hunter, took a fresh approach in his closing argument Friday to the Recorder’s Court jury. He rapped.

″Went to a party, sweet 16, decided to stay on the scene, was not there, looking for troubles, I’m a married man, working doubles ...″

The jury acquitted Woods of first-degree murder, but convicted him of possessing a sawed-off shotgun. He faces up to five years in prison when he is sentenced Oct. 21.

Wheeler was convicted last year of second-degree murder and felonious assault. He is serving a 40- to 60-year prison term.

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