Man convicted for killing Nicki Minaj's manager

Devon Andre Pickett was stabbed to death in February 2015 outside a bar.

February 29, 2020, 10:06 AM

A 38-year-old man was found guilty for stabbing Nicki Minaj's tour manager to death outside of a Philadelphia bar five years ago.

After two trials, prosecutors with District Attorney Larry Krasner's office landed a conviction for Khaliyfa Neely who stabbed Devon Andre Pickett to death on Feb. 18, 2015 outside a bar in Germantown.

The first trial ended with a hung jury and Krasner's office continued to pursue the case "based on solid evidence."

"It is our duty to persist in the pursuit of justice, even in the face of challenges," said Krasner.

PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: Nicki Minaj attends The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp on May 06, 2019, in New York City.
FILE PHOTO: Nicki Minaj attends The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp on May 06, 2019, in New York City.
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Neely was convicted of third-degree murder, aggravated assault, simple assault and possession of an instrument of crime.

Judge Scott O'Keefe is expected to sentence Neely on April 24. Neely faces up to 25 years in prison for the top charge of murder.

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