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Rapper Cassidy Arrested: Suspect in Philadelphia Murder

By Robin Enos on May 16, 2011 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Rapper Cassidy has been arrested in Hackensack, New Jersey, on probation violation charges, and also as a suspect in a murder case and two attempted murder cases, reports CBS News.

Rapper Cassidy, born Barry Reese, 28, was arrested last week at a Hackensack convenience store, in broad daylight.

Hackensack police executed a Philadelphia "high risk" warrant for Reese's arrest, based on an undercover officer's positive identification of Reese in the convenience store, reports

Reese "was very surprised" when he was arrested, said Hackensack police Lt. Timothy Lloyd.

The probation violation charge results from Reese's conviction on involuntary manslaughter charges in a 2006 shooting case, and subsequent sentence to 11 and a half to 23 months in jail. Reese served about eight months of that sentence before release, reports

Reese now awaits extradition from New Jersey to Pennsylvania on the felony charges. No arraignment on the Pennsylvania charges will take place until Reese is moved to Philadelphia. Reese is currently held at Bergen County Jail Annex, in New Jersey, reports

Pennsylvania defines involuntary manslaughter as when, "as a direct result of the doing of an unlawful act in a reckless or grossly negligent manner, or the doing of a lawful act in a reckless or grossly negligent manner, (a defendant) causes the death of another person."

Once extradited to Pennsylvania, Reese/Cassidy will face a hearing on the probation violation charge, in addition to the new allegations of murder and attempted murder. The probation violation can result in a new prison sentence by itself.

No details have been reported yet about the murder and attempted murder allegations in the Pennsylvania case against Cassidy, aka Barry Reese. We will know more after the arraignment hearing in Philadelphia.

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