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3/3/2004 6:51:01 PM

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Federal agents have arrested the attorney of Koch Records recording artist, Turk. Turk (Young Turk of Cash Money and Hot Boyz fame) is currently being held on one charge of attempted murder of Sheriff Deputy, Chris Harris. Initially, the 22 year-old rapper was being held on two charges, as authorities had claimed the Louisiana-based recording artist had shot two Shelby County Sheriffs Deputies. However, the second charge was dropped after ballistics tests showed that the second officer who was wounded at the scene had been actually shot by one of the other police officers present.  

Turk’s attorney, Scott Crawford, was arrested Sunday night by FBI agents, who are holding him on charges of obstruction of justice, bribery, attempted bribery, possession of crack cocaine and possession of an illegal handgun.  Crawford is being held without bail, a move that seems highly unusual. Those around Crawford insist he is not a flight risk.  Crawford’s attorney, Sam Perkins was removed by the court as Crawford’s lawyer yesterday, after the court ruled that there may be a possible conflict of interest.  At the time this press statement was written, Crawford had just retained attorney Marty McAfee, who was presently at the Memphis federal courthouse, trying to get his client, Mr. Crawford, out on bail.  

Turk’s next hearing is scheduled for March 31, although it is not yet known if the arrest of his attorney will delay that hearing.  Turk is currently being held on $750,000 bond.

The rapper’s manager, Leroy Hollins II, is setting up a legal defense fund for Turk, a solo artist, who was previously a member of the Cash Money Records rap group, The Hot Boys. Hollins is maintaining Turk’s innocence.  Support has also come from those who are among the Cash Money Millionaires. Another figure in the music business, Gotti’s manager, Artemis “Peppa” Williams, says Turk is “internationally known,” and “Turk was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

A Memphis SWAT team had burst into an apartment where Turk was visiting, while staying in town to record his upcoming album. Feds claim that they were serving a search warrant for drugs.  According to Hollins, however, no drugs were either seized or turned in as evidence.  Turk says he hid in a closet when the apartment was being broken into by officers, who he said did not identify themselves. He maintains that they began shooting, while he was in the closet.  According to a source close to the case, the closet and the nearby wall had been shot at 52 times.

About KOCH Records
KOCH Records is a wholly owned subsidiary of KOCH Entertainment, the leading and fastest-growing music company in the U.S. KOCH’S operations encompass record labels, music publishing companies and distribution companies in the U.S. and Canada. KOCH Entertainment is the market leader among independents in both the U.S. and Canada and its record labels had the largest number of Billboard charting albums among independents from 2001 - 2003.

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