Murder Charges Against Cassidy Lowered

Murder charges against

Philadelphia rapper Cassidy were lowered today (August 16) in court.


charges against the

rapper were dropped from first-degree murder to third-degree murder,


from a shooting behind his Philadelphia row home.

The shooting came on the heels of the rapper's highly anticipated sophomore album, I’m A Hustla, on Swizz Beats' Full Surface label.

"Full Surface is in full support of Cassidy," Swizz told

We're moving forward and feeling positive. We're one step closer."

Reps for Cassidy said he would be home in the next three weeks. Municipal court Judge Marsha

Niefield ordered the 23-year-old rapper to stand trial on the

third-degree murder



charges stem from an

April 15 shooting in Philadelphia.


born Barry Reese,

is charged with murdering 22-year-old Desmond Hawkins and wounding

Daniel Irvin,

22, and Bobby Hoyle, 21 after a dispute earlier in the day.

The men

allegedly came to

Cassidy’s Philadelphia home to “make peace,” but

were instead

met with a barrage of gunfire as they sat in their parked



and Hoyle were wounded

while Hawkins died at the Albert Einstein Medical Center.


preliminary hearings,

Cassidy’s case was bolstered when one of the victims admitted

under oath

that he initially lied to police and had not actually seen the rapper

fire a



wanted to go home,”

Bobby Hoyle said during the preliminary hearings. “I had a

bullet in my

leg that they didn't take out, and I didn't have any rest

for three days."

Prosecutors claim

that Cassidy and or his associates fired at least four guns. The DA


the case said that the ruling would be appealed.