Rapper A$AP Rocky will stand trial for allegedly capturing at a former pal exterior a Hollywood resort, a choose dominated Monday — as new video surfaced of him supposedly firing the weapon.
Rocky, a Harlem native whose actual title is Rakim Athelaston Mayers, confirmed little emotion within the courtroom as Los Angeles Superior Court docket Decide M.L. Villar handed down the choice.
The 35-year-old “Reward the Lord” rapper, who’s in a relationship and has two kids with pop star Rihanna, has pleaded not responsible to the costs.
He’s accused of capturing at his former buddy and collaborator Terell Ephron, also called A$AP Relli, throughout a dispute on the night time of Nov. 6, 2021.
One of many bullets grazed Ephron’s hand and left him with minor accidents.
The choose’s ruling gave the impression to be solidified Monday after newly surfaced footage from that night time was performed in courtroom, backing up soundless and difficult-to-discern footage beforehand proven throughout a courtroom listening to two weeks in the past.
Within the new footage taken from a safety digital camera across the nook from the capturing, gunshots could be heard matching the timestamps from the earlier video proof, earlier than a person recognized as Rocky is rounding the nook from the crime scene at a run, in line with Rolling Stone.
Footage taken shortly earlier than the capturing appeared to confirmed the pair shoving one another, whereas Rocky allegedly hid a handgun behind his again.
Decide Villar mentioned “the totality of the video and testimony” from the preliminary listening to was sufficient to carry the costs to trial however famous that she had solely been in search of possible trigger and the precise trial would have the next proof customary.
Rocky is at the moment free on $550,000 bail. He faces as much as 9 years in jail if convicted.
Earlier in Monday’s listening to, Relli testified how he and Rocky have been mates as New York Metropolis excessive schoolers and fellow members of the A$AP rap collective.
Their friendship started to disintegrate when Rocky discovered body, he mentioned, accusing the star of reneging on enterprise guarantees and failing to assist out mates once they wanted it.
With Put up wires