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Rapper Waka Flocka Flame found not guilty of gun charges

Associated Press logo Associated Press 3/9/2017

INDIO, CA - APRIL 18: Juaquin Malphurs aka Waka Flocka Flame performs onstage during day 1 of the 2014 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 18, 2014 in Indio, California © Karl Walter/Getty Images INDIO, CA - APRIL 18: Juaquin Malphurs aka Waka Flocka Flame performs onstage during day 1 of the 2014 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 18, 2014 in Indio, California JONESBORO, Ga. (AP) — A lawyer for rapper Waka Flocka Flame says a jury has found his client not guilty of charges filed after a handgun was found in his carry-on bag during a security scan at Atlanta's airport.

The rapper, whose real name is Juaquin Malphurs, was arrested in October 2014. He faced charges including carrying a weapon in an unauthorized location. Defense attorney Drew Findling said a Clayton County jury took less than half an hour Thursday to acquit his client following a four-day trial.

Findling said he's extremely happy with the jury's decision. He said the defense had maintained from the beginning that the whole thing was a mistake; that the rapper had accidentally taken his wife's bag to the airport without knowing the gun was inside.

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