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Cops arrest man suspected of fatally shooting aspiring emcee over dice game argument

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Cops on Friday cuffed a man suspected of killing a Bronx rapper and father of three after an argument over a dice game, police said.

Carl Henley, 34, turned himself into police at the 46th Precinct on Thursday and was charged with the murder of Melvin Batties, cops said.

Batties, 33, was shot in the neck in the courtyard of the Sedgwick Houses on W. 174th St. near Popham Ave. around 7 p.m. Jan. 16, according to authorities.

The aspiring emcee, who rapped under the stage name Phanelli Deblasio, used the Morris Heights housing development as the backdrop to a music video released on YouTube in August of 2017.

Carl Henley (pictured), 34, turned himself into police and was charged with the murder of Melvin Batties.


Batties and Henley allegedly had a dispute over a dice game a few days prior to the shooting, cops said.

Witnesses selected Henley, who lived in High Bridge five blocks from the Sedgwick Houses, from a photo array, sources said.

Henley has at least nine prior arrests which are under seal, cops said.

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