Trill CEO’s Charged With Attempted Murder of Rapper


Bail has been set in the case of two Trill Entertainment rap music executives accused of attempting to murder Baton Rogue area rapper Beelow.

by Roman Wolfe

Melvin Vernell Jr. and Marcus Roach, CEO’s of Trill Entertainment, are accused of the July 4, 2005 shooting of rapper Bruce “Beelow” Moore in front of the store he owned, Shop Smart Music and Fashion.

Trill Entertainment is best known for putting out hit singles like “Independent” by Webbie and Lil Boosie.

Vernell Jr. and Roach were arrested and held without bond on May 8th, the second time they have been arrested and charged with attempted murder since the violent shooting.

Yesterday (May 19) a judge set bail at $350,000 each and issued strict orders for both men to remain under house arrest from 7PM – 7AM.

They were also ordered to stay away from victims, witnesses, family members and anyone who might testify against them.

“If you see any of these people in a grocery store, you better leave. If you see any of them on one side of the street, you better get on the other side of the street,’’ Judge Michael Erwin told Vernell and Roach. “If you so much as sneeze in their direction, I’m going to put you in jail.”

Both men are charged with attempted second-degree murder, illegal use of weapons, aggravated battery, armed robbery, aggravated assault with a firearm and possession of an illegal firearm by a convicted felon.

Beelow was shot in the head after a dispute erupted over his allegedly bootlegging music by popular artists from New Orleans.

Beelow, who survived the shooting, returned fire and shortly afterwards, was taken to Earl K. Long Medical Center in a private automobile and treated for his wounds.

Sources have also reported that Lil Boosie and others at Trill Entertainment are being investigated in the murder of Baton Rogue rapper Chris Lynell Jackson, aka Nussie, who was found fatally wounded this past February.