Kevhani Camilla Hicks, an aspiring rapper also known by her stage name Key Vhani, was charged with second-degree murder last month in Miami.
It is alleged that she fatally shot her manager on October 9th outside Wynwood Walls.
During questioning by officers, Hicks maintained that the shooting was done in self-defense.
Security footage obtained by WTVJ-TV appears to show Hicks exiting a white Lexus sedan and engaging in a physical altercation with the male driver of the vehicle.
The Miami-Dade judge presiding over her case has indicated that there might be merit to Ms. Hicks’ claim of self-defense.
As the altercation between Hicks and the driver of a Lexus ensued in the street, a second man identified by the Miami Herald as Hicks’ manager exited the car to join the driver in pinning Hicks against the asphalt.
Following this, they reportedly administered a beating before slamming her against the pavement.
Hicks then began to walk away while the men returned to their vehicle.
However, Hicks suddenly retrieved a handgun from her purse and marched back towards them, opening fire and striking her manager multiple times despite his attempts to take cover behind a nearby parked vehicle.
The final volley left him deceased in the street. In response,the driver managed to make his escape in the Lexus by running over Hicks while doing so.
Hicks and her manager were both taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center.
Hicks was treated for non-life-threatening blunt-force injuries, while her manager died due to multiple bullet wounds.
According to the arrest report, Hicks stated that although the driver pulled her manager away, she still felt threatened by him. She reported that as she started walking away from him, he yelled threats at her and his voice drew closer.
The defendant indicated that she felt fear based on the victim’s size and upon hearing him yell “I’ll kill you with one hit.”
The prosecution raised questions about whether the shooting could be considered self-defense, as the decedent was allegedly walking away with his back towards Hicks when she opened fire.
Judge Mindy Glazer denied her bond on this basis, noting that there was probable cause for a second-degree murder charge due to the fact that Hicks shot the victim after he had been beating her.
However, Glazer later granted Hicks a $50,000 bond and house arrest ahead of her next hearing on February 15th.