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Beanie Charged in Shooting

Rapper accused of attempted murder

July 7, 2003 12:00 AM ET

Roc-a-Fella rapper Beanie Sigel turned himself in to Philadelphia police on Thursday night and was charged with attempted murder. He was released on bail on Saturday.

Sigel (a.k.a. Dwight Grant) is accused of shooting Terrence Speller, 26, twice, in the foot and stomach at the Pony Tail Go-Go Bar in West Philadelphia bar, hours after Sigel performed with Jay-Z on the Roc the Mic Tour in Camden, New Jersey, on July 1st. Sigel's attorney denies his involvement in the shooting.

The rapper, who already faces assault and firearms charges in separate cases, is set to release a new album with his State Property collective (also featuring Freeway, Young Gunz and others); State Property 2 is due August 5th. Since being discovered by Jay-Z in the mid-Nineties, Sigel has also issued two solo recordings, 1999's The Truth and 2001's The Reason.

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