ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia decide on Thursday denied bond — once more — for Atlanta rapper Young Thug, one in every of practically 30 folks charged in a 65-count indictment alleging he’s the chief of a legal road gang.
Superior Courtroom Choose Ural Glanville heard a slew of excellent motions within the case towards the musician, whose actual identify is Jeffery Williams. Rapper Gunna, whose authorized identify is Sergio Kitchens, can also be charged within the racketeering and gang case. Each males have been in jail since their Could arrests.
The musicians are accused of conspiring to violate Georgia’s legal racketeering legislation, however the indictment outlines extra critical crimes allegedly carried out by “Young Slime Life” associates starting from drug possession to homicide.
Of the 28 folks charged, three stay at massive, whereas a minimum of eight who’re in custody nonetheless don’t have attorneys, prosecutors informed the decide, the Atlanta Journal-Structure reported.
To this point, Glanville has not granted bond to any of the defendants, citing considerations about witness intimidation and the chance that extra felonies could also be dedicated forward of January’s trial. Williams’ attorneys have repeatedly requested that their shopper be given an ankle monitor and allowed to await trial on home arrest.
Showing through video conferencing from the Cobb County jail, Williams smiled and blew kisses at relations gathered within the courtroom throughout breaks in Thursday’s proceedings.
“Mr. Williams is an artist, a role model, a father and a son,” lawyer Brian Metal informed the decide, urging the rapper be launched.
However his request was denied for the third time when Glanville sided with prosecutors to maintain the musician behind bars.
The choice got here after Glanville heard of a minimum of one affiliate planning to testify towards Williams being positioned in protecting custody after a doc posted on-line confirmed his willingness to cooperate.
Fulton County prosecutor Don Geary requested the decide to additional limit the disclosure of sure proof forward of trial, saying a web page from discovery that was not too long ago shared on-line jeopardizes the witness’ security.
“We found a lot of information concerning one of our witnesses on basically a (celebrity news) outlet,” Geary informed Glanville.
Protection attorneys contend that YSL, or Young Stoner Life, is just the identify of Young Thug’s document label, not a violent Atlanta road gang as prosecutors allege.
Thursday’s listening to wasn’t the primary time prosecutors have raised considerations in regards to the security of state’s witnesses. Glanville beforehand issued a short lived order instructing protection attorneys to withhold witness contact info from their purchasers.
However Kristen Novay, one in every of Kitchens’ attorneys, requested prosecutors for proof that potential witnesses are literally being threatened.
“We want to know what specific threats there are,” Novay stated. “There have been many allegations that there are threats to witnesses, and to date we have received no discovery, not a single shred of evidence from a witness who was actually threatened.”
In June, an 18-year-old relative of one of many defendants was arrested after allegedly threatening to kill the Fulton County sheriff and his spouse except Williams have been launched, authorities stated, the newspaper reported.