Updated: Apr 20
Calvin Fluellen Jr., better know in the rap world at EKT 40, is living the good life, and he’s not bashful about flaunting his riches on his Instagram page - ekt_40.
The bling. Stacks of cash. Designer clothes. This dude is boss!
The 24-year-old Columbus man, according to the Columbus Division of Police, is also a member of a gang ironically named - EKT or Everything King Terk. Yes, there is an interesting backstory to how EKT got its name so stick around.
CPD figures that EKT has in the ballpark of 10 to 20 members, all of whom are considered violent. Police say the gang is also connected to the Short North Posse.
In December of 2019, a Franklin County grand jury indicted Fluellen and eight other members of EKT on the following charges: participating in a criminal gang, aggravated riot, inducing panic, and assault. Fluellen and two others are also charged with robbery.
Shon Gardner Jr., 21, and Jermaine Lathon, 28, were both recently convicted of participating in a criminal gang, aggravated riot and inducing panic. The jury also convicted Lathon on three separate incidents involving the illegal use of a firearm. Likewise, the jury convicted Gardner on five other cases that were lumped in.
They were both sentenced to spend the next 6 1/2 years in prison.
Fluellen, according to Franklin County Court records, is scheduled to stand trial on January 22. Meantime, he remains free a $300,00 cash surety bond, on house arrest at the Canal Winchester home of Stacy and Dawn Elliott, parents of former OSU star and Dallas Cowboys millionaire running back Zeke Elliott. Fluellen has lived with the Elliotts since last November.
As The Sussi Report learned, Fluellen isn’t contained to the Elliott’s home either. In August, Fluellen jetted off to New York City to celebrate the reopening and 18th anniversary of JAY-Z’s 40/40 Club. Yes, the JAY-Z who is married to Beyonce’.
The Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office, according to spokesperson Kayla Merchant, objected to the road trip but Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Judge Daniel Hawkins signed off on the trek. Jill Whittier, Judge Hawkins’ bailiff, told The Sussi Report that Judge Hawkins granted the rapper occasional privileges for “work, religious and medical appointments.”
Now, a little history on how Calvin Fluellen Jr. became EKT 40.
Iin 2014, Fluellen, then 16 years old, shot and killed his best friend, 14-year-old Terrico “Terk” Henry. Fluellen told police the friends were playing with a loaded handgun in Fluellen’s basement, it discharged, and a round struck Henry in the chest.
Fluellen testified that he did not know the gun was loaded. He admitted to the delinquency count of reckless homicide and served 521 days at the Ohio Department of Youth Services. He was released on June 17, 2015.
In a recent Instagram post, Fluellen wrote “I do all of this for u brother, your name will forever line on. I’m tryna turn all them tears into diamonds.” Accompanying Fluellen’s post is a picture of two thick gold neck chains draped over a Rolls Royce hood ornament. Attached to one of the chains is a large pendant with the word KINGTERK.
Fluellen’s criminal history extends beyond juvenile court.
In 2017, Fluellen pleaded guilty to improperly handling a firearm in a motor vehicle. He was placed on community control for two years.
In February of 2019, Fluellen pleaded guilty to attempted theft. He did two days in jail.
The Sussi Report recently learned that Fluellen is a suspect in the 2019 ambush shooting of Columbus Division of Police Officer William Frease, shot in the face while staking out a suspected dope house. To date, no charges filed have been filed.
NOTE: I spoke with Stacy Elliott on April 20, 2022, and he says that Calvin Fluellen no longer lives with his family. "He lived with me for a very short period of time," said Elliott.