Rap Videos Were Used In A Trial To Convict Ra Diggs Of Murder, Racketeering And Drug Dealing
Brooklyn based MC Ronald "Ra Diggs" Herron was found guilty of the 21 counts he had been tried for, including three murders, racketeering and drug trafficking. The MC, who was arrested back in 2010, frequently collaborated with Uncle Murda and appeared on Waka Flocka Flame's album, Flockavelli. Diggs, who grew up in Brooklyn's Gowanus Houses, is a Bloods gang leader and rose up through the ranks to control the turf around the Gowanus and Wyckoff Houses—this according to the case's prosecutors. During the trial, friends and associates of Diggs, including Uncle Murda, testified and the defense said he, "had become a serious artists while in prison, ultimately putting in long hours in the recording studio and in clubs promoting his career."
According to The New York Times, "The jury asked for copies of testimony from three witnesses, along with a rap video of Mr. Herron's whose title included an expletive and surveillance camera footage from city housing projects, before it reached its verdict."
In a statement, Loretta Lynch, the United States attorney for the Eastern District of New York said, "He styled himself as a rap artist, but the jury's verdict makes clear who Herron really is: a drug dealer and murderer who sought power through fear and intimidation."
A sentencing date has been scheduled for October 1.