Bobby Shmurda’s Trial Postponed Until September
Bobby Shmurda will continue to spend another summer in jail. The rapper's trial, which was set to begin this week, has been postponed once again until September.
Kati Cornell, the Director of Public Information at the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor in New York, confirmed the date change of the trial with XXL today (May 9). The "Hot N*gga" rhymer's trial was initially scheduled for Feb. 22, then delayed until May 11. While the date was moved once more to May 12, now Bobby won't appear in court for his trial until Sept. 12, exactly four months from the previously scheduled date.
The postponement comes at the request of the attorneys for the four defendants: Alex Spiro, who represents Bobby Shmurda (born Ackquille Pollard); Javier Solano, who represents Rowdy Rebel (born Chad Marshall); Kevin Canefield, who represents Cueno (born Santino Boderick); and Leslie Jones-Thomas, who represents Montana Flea (born Nicolas McCoy).
Judge Abraham Clott, who is presiding over the case, split the group of men arrested along with Shmurda in December 2014 into two trials. Last month, Rashid Derrisant aka “Rasha” or “Jordan 23” and Alex Crandon aka “A-Rod" were convicted of murder, attempted murder and conspiracy for the February 2013 killing of a 19-year-old rival gang member. Both are part of the GS9 crew, the gang affiliated with the rapper.
Just last week, a body linked to the gang washed up on the shore of Manhattan Beach in New York. Twenty-eight-year-old Peter Martinez, reportedly a high-ranking member of GS9, was found wrapped in plastic bags with duct tape on his face and over 100 pounds of cement covering his feet. The NYPD is investigating his murder but no arrests have been made yet.
While incarcerated, Bobby hasn't kept silent. The 21-year-old Brooklyn native claims he's being targeted by police and there are injustices when it comes to his case. He is now suing the NYPD for an alleged false arrest on gun and drug charges, according to a federal lawsuit.
He is being charged with conspiracy to commit murder in the second degree, two counts of criminal possession of a weapon, reckless endangerment, and one count of criminally using drug paraphernalia.
His mother, Leslie Pollard, reveals that the Epic Records signee is staying busy in jail by writing two movie scripts about his life: one on his come-up and the other based on his experiences as a rapper.
As of today, Bobby Shmurda has spent 509 days behind bars. He is currently jailed in the Westchester County Correction facility.
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