Now that five individuals have been indicted in the murder of Melvin “Lil Phat” Vernell III, added details are beginning to emerge in the intricate murder case.

According to, prosecutors claim that Lil Phat was killed due to a $10,000 murder-for-hire plot involving the five men being indicted. Among those individuals is a former Russian mobster who denies involvement in the murder and rapper/alleged gang member, Gary “El Dorado Red” Bradford.

Prosecutors also claim the murder-for-hire plot was orchestrated by Bradford and San Francisco State University point guard Decensae White after they received word that Lil Phat may have stolen 10 pounds of marijuana from them.

Indictment papers filed earlier in the year state that all five of the men involved in the fatal shooting, “unlawfully, while associated with a criminal street gang, participate criminal gang activity through commission of an offense.”

It was a little over a year ago when Lil Phat was fatally shot while in a parked car outside of Atlanta’s Northside Hospital in June 2012.

Prior to his passing, Lil Phat was signed to Trill Entertainment and appeared on songs with Yo Gotti, Webbie, and Paul Wall.

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