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Musician J. Wright has been arrested and charged with the murder of his girlfriend.
Wilanna S. Bibbs, 20, was found shot to death on Sunday afternoon in Davenport, Iowa, police announced in a press release. A day later, the Davenport police arrested the songwriter, who was born Justin Wright, 31, and charged him with first degree murder. Bibbs' relatives say he regularly mistreated her.
Bibbs’ cousin, whose name has not been disclosed, told celeb gossip outlet The Neighborhood Talk that Wright was controlling.
"They were dating and Justin manipulated & controlled her, she was trying to leave,” they stated. “His mother bought her a ticket to come back to her son.”
That relative also wrote on Wright’s Instagram, "You took her to Iowa and killed her on Mother’s Day [...] _You brainwashed & manipulated my cousin and tried to turn her against us. I hate she loved you, I hate she ever met you,” according to the outlet.
Wright’s bond was set Monday at $500,000 as cash only.
Wright has collaborated with artists like Timbaland, Rick Ross, Gucci Mane and DJ Khaled, and over the years became a multi-platinum songwriter, according to Complex. He has been running Camp Entertainment Worldwide since 2011, a record label and music management company.
Despite his apparent success, Wright told a judge on Monday, “I’m not making anything right now,” local outlet WHBF-TV reports.
He asked the judge for a court-appointed attorney, and said he has been living out of hotels. He said his belongings were stolen in November.
Wright has a preliminary hearing scheduled for May 20.
An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the singer of the 2018 song “Don't Know Love.” Oxygen.com regrets the error.
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