• Informant seen with man he's accused of killing in TV pilot

    By: Jim Strickland


    ATLANTA - The government informant accused of aiding in the shooting death of a local rapper actually appeared with the victim in a reality TV pilot weeks before the killing.

    Mani Chulpayev was shooting the show with a Los Angeles producer about his life as a colorful car dealer.

    Rapper Lil Phat, who died in what prosecutors call "an assassination" in June 2012, appears on video speaking to Chulpayev about a car.

    Channel 2's Jim Strickland obtained the video which Chulpayuev claims shows Phat was a valued customer, not a target for death.

    Four other men, including one of Chulpayev's business partners, are also charged in the incident.

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