James Edwards Thomas has been sentenced to life in prison for the 2021 murder of rapper Chucky Trill.
The Houston-based rapper, whose real name is Cory Detiege, was in Atlanta to perform at a virtual event ahead of NBA All-Star Weekend.
On March 5, 2021, Gwinnett County officers responded to a shooting on the southbound Interstate 85 around 3 a.m.
Upon their arrival, they found the 33-year-old rapper shot at least once inside a stopped vehicle.
He was transported to a local hospital where he died.
In December 2021, police arrested James Edwards Thomas at the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on charges of malice murder and aggravated assault in the death of Chucky Trill.
Chucky’s wife testified that James was mad over a drug deal from the year prior.
Prosecutors presented evidence of James Edwards Thomas threatening the rapper over the phone and on the night of the shooting, his cell phone pinged at locations following Chucky Trill’s vehicle.
A judge sentenced Thomas to life in prison.
My thoughts and prayers are with Chucky Trill’s family.