By CBB intern Ashleigh
Damien Patrick Holland, the 27-year-old son of singer Chaka Khan, has been acquitted of murder in the death of his former friend Christopher Bailey, 17. After two days of deliberation, the jury ruled to acquit Damien of all charges levied against him, including murder, voluntary manslaughter, and involuntary manslaughter.
Damien was charged with shooting Christopher with an M-16 assult rifle during a dispute at Chaka’s home, where both men, along with Damien’s girlfriend and 5-year-old daughter, were temporarily residing.
Damien testified that he pointed the loaded gun at Christopher’s head–and accidentally fired those fatal shots–while the two were arguing over Christopher’s claim that he had an affair with Damian’s girlfriend.
Chaka took the stand last week and confirmed that the shooting was indeed an accident.