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Rapper from Little Rock club ordered held in separate case

A federal magistrate said there was "heavy evidence" that Ricky Hampton is a danger to the community. (Photo: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- The rapper who was performing at a Little Rock club during a mass shooting this month has been ordered held pending a trial on an unrelated weapons charge.

Lawyers argued Monday whether Ricky Hampton was violent or whether gunplay captured on video was part of an image he needed to project as the rapper Finese2Tymes. A federal magistrate said there was "heavy evidence" that Hampton is a danger to the community.

Hampton served time for robbery in Tennessee. After a shooting at Little Rock on July 1, a grand jury accused him of illegally possessing a weapon at a club in Forrest City.

No one has been charged in the Little Rock shooting, which injured 28. Prosecutors say a slug from Hampton's bodyguard's gun matched one recovered from the club.

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