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Mistrial declared in rapper Beanie Sigel’s case

He was accused of shooting a man outside a bar last summer.
/ Source: The Associated Press

A judge declared a mistrial Tuesday in the case against Philadelphia rapper Beanie Sigel, who was accused of shooting a man outside a bar last summer.

Sigel, 30, was facing several charges including attempted murder. A jury was unable to reach a verdict after deliberating for five days.

Prosecutors said Sigel, a protege of rap superstar Jay-Z, shot and seriously wounded the man outside a Philadelphia bar in July. But, defense lawyers questioned the victim’s credibility after he acknowledged changing his story to police several times.

Sigel, whose real name is Dwight Grant, had faced 20 to 40 years in prison if convicted. It was not immediately clear if he would be retried.

In a separate case, Sigel faces about three years in prison after pleading guilty to federal drug and weapons charges stemming from a 2002 traffic stop.

The rapper also is awaiting trial on charges that he fractured a 53-year-old man’s eye socket in another case.

During his seven-year music career, Sigel’s records have sold more than 1 million copies.