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Cops: Rapper Cassidy Is Suspect in MURDER Case

5/16/2011 9:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

UPDATE: A lawyer for Cassidy tells TMZ the cops have it all wrong ... insisting Cassidy was ONLY arrested for not checking in with his probation officer ... and NOT murder.

The lawyer tells us Cassidy is still on probation from an involuntary manslaughter conviction a few years ago ... and tells us he has not heard anything about Cassidy being named as a suspect in a NEW murder case. 

Rapper Cassidy -- famous for his hit "I'm a Hustla" -- has been named a suspect in a murder case AND two attempted murder cases in Philadelphia ... this according to law enforcement.

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TMZ has learned ... Cassidy was arrested in Hackensack, New Jersey this weekend on a probation violation ... and according to the Hackensack PD, the arrest was made in connection with the alleged crimes in Philadelphia.

Cops tell us ... police in Philly had phoned in a favor to the Hackensack PD -- telling them to arrest Cassidy on the probation violation ... and warned them "to consider [Cassidy] armed and dangerous,” saying it was a “high-risk warrant".

Undercover officers with the Hackensack PD followed the 28-year-old rapper -- real name Barry Reese -- and arrested him during a felony motor vehicle stop.

Cassidy previously did an eight month jail stint for involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault and possession of an instrument of crime. He was released in 2006.

TMZ has learned Cassidy is still in custody in NJ -- bail was set at $200,000.
 

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31.

musiqbiz    

wow, I'm really surprised... I've spent some time with Cassidy at a convention, and I thought he was a decent guy. He came across like he was high on something, as his eyes were a bit glazed and he couldnt stand still, but murder or attempted murder is the last thing i would associate to him. But like with anyone, if you push someones buttons they can snap...

1153 days ago
32.

GOLLY    

Cassidy previously did an eight month jail stint for involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault and possession of an instrument of crime.

There are many people with longer prison sentences for less crime. There are people arrested for week who have done longer jail sentences....Whats up with that?

1153 days ago
33.

Nicole     

GOLLY 4 minutes ago

Cassidy previously did an eight month jail stint for involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault and possession of an instrument of crime.

There are many people with longer prison sentences for less crime. There are people arrested for week who have done longer jail sentences....Whats up with that?
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He was sentenced to 11 - 23 months but he had already served about 7 months waiting for trial and then he was paroled the next month.
The main witness withdrew their statement or something and Cassidy decided to go for a bench trial and the Judge was lenient.

1153 days ago
34.

Steve    

I don't care what his lawyer says, he is wanted for a murder case and to be questioned in 2 attempted murders. Lawyers think they can come out and say anything to libel the PD...As usual this lawyer is putting up a smoke screen...

1153 days ago
35.

Tommy    

And why is this something I would find hard to believe? --- News Flash --- Remington Fire Arms has offered a reward if someone uses their ammo to waste this Turd just like the $5000 they will pay out as a reward for shooting the Turd M-Bone.... Lets keep it going people and lets clean up our wonderful America.

1153 days ago
36.

OooooNooo!    

One rapper charged with murder and another one dead from gun shots. Gosh, I thought they were all artists?

1153 days ago
37.

janet    

Seems, Barry Reese is still enjoying the Bergen County NJ, jail, which is in Hackensack, the same town he got caught in.


$200k bond, if posted, take a number.

1153 days ago
38.

Dee    

I have no idea who this guy is but he looks like that former rapper Mase.

1153 days ago
39.

Duh    

Why is this news has anyone ever even heard of this guy. And the one that got shot maybe this guy did it. I think all you have to do to be called a rapper anymore is have bad grammer and a crooked hat. Ever notice the more the visor on their hat is to the side the more their boxers hang out and the dumber they are ya feel me.

1152 days ago
40.

chefadam    

Throw away the key!

1152 days ago
41.

J.P.    

Yeah Janet he may be the best to YOU, just another OPINION but remember your opinion is just like anyone else's opinion and NO BETTER OR HIGHER.

1151 days ago
42.

J.P.    

Yeah Janet he may be the best to YOU, just another OPINION but remember your opinion is just like anyone else's opinion and NO BETTER OR HIGHER.

1151 days ago
43.

Leigh B    

ok seriously u people r just retarded, the facts from the past case and the reason he got in any trouble is not the point, he was protecting his family, and if u dont know who cassidy is then well ur just not really paying attention to hiphop an thats fine but dont talk about things u dont know anything about. he happens to be one of the greatest lyricists out right now and if u think it's simple to start from nothing at the age of 13 and get where he is then i dare u to try it, and who knows anything about the situation seriously someone coulda tryed to rob him and he had to defend himself, so if u dont know what the deal is then mind ur own f'in Business....morons.

1141 days ago
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