Bronx News
Feb 12, 2018

BRONX NEWS: Cops on hunt for Brooklyn rapper slay suspect

A 34-year-old man is wanted in the slaying of an aspiring rapper blasted outside a Bronx housing development, police said Sunday.

Carl Henley is accused of shooting Melvin Batties, 33, with a single bullet to the neck in a courtyard outside the Sedgwick Houses, along W. 174 St. in Morris Heights, cops said.

Batties, a father of three from Brownsville in Brooklyn, performed under the hip-hop name Phanelli Deblasio. He featured the Sedgwick Houses in his “Half A Mil” music video.

Henley was believed to be living on University Ave., near Merriam Ave., about a half-mile south of where Batties was killed on Jan. 16, according to police.

The suspect has at least nine prior arrests, most of which are sealed, police said.

A witness to Batties’ death said she heard six to seven gunshots and saw two men run away south on W. 174th St.

With John Annese

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