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Former Peninsula hoops star Decensae White facing murder charges
May 24, 2013, 05:00 AM Daily Journal staff report

Decensae White

A former Peninsula basketball star was extradited to Georgia last week to face allegations he murdered a rapper at the request of a Russian mobster.

Decensae White, 25, was arrested in Redwood City and transported to Fulton County, Ga. for charging in the multiple shooting of a rapper who went by the moniker Lil Phat. He was booked into jail May 17 and will appear in court May 31.

The 19-year-old rapper, whose name is really Melvin Vernell III, was killed in a June 7, 2012 drive-by shooting outside an Atlanta hospital where his girlfriend was about to give birth, according to news reports.

Five people were indicted in the death, including White and Russian mobster Mani Chulpayev, who is accused of ordering the hit.

White had just finished his senior season at San Francisco State University where he rejoined basketball after taking a break. White graduated from Junipero Serra High School in 2006 and went to Texas Tech on a scholarship to play for legendary coach Bobby Knight. After playing 30 games his freshman season, White’s appearances fell to 10 the next season, then two before transferring to Santa Clara University. He later enrolled at SFSU as a communications major and rejoined the sport as a Division II Gator. White told the Daily Journal in November 2012 another factor in his return was the birth of his son, now 17 months old.



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