Baltimore music studio owner accused of shooting local musician at studio – Baltimore Sun

The owner of a South Baltimore music studio and salon has been accused of fatally shooting his stepson – a musician and one of the studio’s engineers – inside the company last week.

Michael Joseph, 43, known as ‘King Cutty’, was charged with murder and taken into custody at the scene on February 12 after police were called to the Gold Room in the 100 block of Baltic Ave. in the Brooklyn neighborhood.

Police arrived just after midnight and were let into the business by Joseph, who directed them to the second floor where Kamari Ivery-Williams, 25, was lying on his side with multiple gunshot wounds to his body , according to police charging documents.

A handgun, later determined to be registered in Joseph’s name, was found on a table, records show. When officers asked people inside the business where the shooter had gone, Joseph approached a patrol officer, placed his hands behind his back and said, “That was me.” , wrote the detectives in the charging documents.

No reason was given. Kamika Ivery-Williams, the victim’s sister, confirmed that Joseph was their stepfather and said she was told there had been a financial dispute related to studio improvements.

“That man [Joseph] raised us since we were 4 and 5,” she said, calling the day of filming “the day our lives changed forever.”

Joseph’s attorney, Brandon Mead, said his client plans to assert self-defense. Mead said Kamari Ivery-Williams was kicked out of the studio and threatened to come back with a gun, and claims the stepson was in violation when he was shot.

Tony Krav, who worked as an engineer at the Gold Room but was not present when the shooting happened, said Ivery-Williams, who rapped as KingK Gambino, was a talented musician who earned his path to becoming one of the in-house engineers. .

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“I’ve taught him everything for the past three years – he’s definitely risen fast,” Krav said. “Everyone loved King [Williams]. Everyone he came in contact with loved him to death.

Krav said people who knew both Joseph and Ivery-Williams were “heartbroken” by the shooting.

“It’s a lot,” he said.

Kamika Ivery-Williams said her brother, whom she considered almost a twin, did what he loved.

“He’s always been into music since he was a kid. Always rapping, listening to music, making beats on her phone,” she said.

The Gold Room and Media Studio LLC were officially registered with Joseph in December. He has also been a barber since 1991.

Joseph has no prior arrests in electronic court records. He was sentenced to detention without bail at a bail review hearing on Tuesday.