Baton Rouge rapper Lit Yoshi will face trial next summer on seven counts of attempted first degree murder resulting from two rap rivalry shootings in the city last year, a judge ruled on Monday. .
The trial of the jailed rap artist, real name Mieyoshi Edwards, will begin on July 18. It could last more than a week, prosecutor Stuart Theriot told District Judge Tarvald Smith.
The selection of a trial date by Theriot and Edwards lead attorney Ron Haley came two months after Smith revoked the rapper’s $ 1.82 million bail and sent him back to jail. The judge made that connection last summer.
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An FBI agent said at a bail hearing on September 9 that five guns, ammunition and a bulletproof vest were found in July at a Florida house where Edwards was under house arrest pending his trial in Baton Rouge for attempted murder.
Haley told Smith on Monday that he intends to file a motion asking the judge to reconsider his decision to revoke Edwards’ bond. Smith said his decision was valid for now, but that he would consider any new evidence presented.
The seven first degree murder attempts Edwards faces in Baton Rouge stem from two shootings – one on April 20, 2020 and the other on July 4 of the same year – that injured three adults and two children.
Detectives attributed the shootings to a latent feud between rival record companies NBA (Never Broke Again) and TBG (Top Boy Gorilla), groups that authorities have also described as gangs.
Edwards, 22, performs under the TBG label. Rival Baton Rouge NBA rapper YoungBoy, whose first name is Kentrell Gaulden, founded the NBA group.
Edwards moved to South Florida after posting bail in August 2020, a move Smith said was prudent for his safety. But soon after, the judge berated the rapper for treating his house arrest as “paid time off.”
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Edwards was arrested in July in Florida in another rap-related shooting last year – this one in Slidell, which prompted the East Baton Rouge District Attorney’s Office to ask Smith to revoke his bail. Prosecutors cited Slidell’s arrest and the weapons found in the South Florida home.
The Florida raid came after investigators linked Edwards to an April 2020 shooting in Slidell. Authorities also attributed the shooting to the ongoing NBA-TBG feud.
An arrest warrant prepared by Slidell Police says officers discovered the target of the April 29, 2020 shooting was likely a man signed by the NBA record company who allegedly had a “hit” on him from a rival rap group from Baton Rouge. The man and another person, who was injured in the shooting, had just gotten into a car outside a Slidell apartment complex when they received a hail of bullets.
The intended target, who escaped uninjured, was scheduled to testify against Edwards in court about a previous shooting. Detectives later found a YouTube video posted in March 2020 in which Edwards called him a “snitch.”
Local rapper Fredo Bang, real name Fredrick Givens, was also arrested in the Florida raid after federal agents searched the house owned by Givens and found the guns and a stolen car. Givens also performs under the TBG label.
Haley told Smith on Monday that the Louisiana parole board ruled last week that Givens had not violated his parole.
Law enforcement officials previously announced that they were investigating Givens and Edwards in connection with a May 2019 shooting in Miami targeting Gaulden. Neither has been charged in that case, although Smith ruled in February that the evidence from the Miami incident and the Slidell shooting could be used against Edwards in his attempted murder case. murder in progress in Baton Rouge.
On Mother’s Day 2019, gunmen opened fire on Gaulden and his entourage outside the Trump International Hotel in Miami; his girlfriend was injured. Members of his crew, legally armed, retaliated, fatally striking a passer-by. Miami-Dade Police ruled that Gaulden’s associates acted in self-defense.
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The NBA and TBG groups have a long history of murderous violence against each other, dating back to the 2017 murder of rapper Garrett “Gee Money” Burton, a frontman of the TBG.
Gaulden associate Deandre Fields, of New Roads, was arrested in June 2019 for the murder of Burton and charged with second degree murder earlier this year. Fields himself was shot in April 2020 and Edwards has been charged with attempted murder in that case.
Gaulden was indicted in March by a federal grand jury in Baton Rouge with possession of a firearm as a criminal in September 2020 and that he also possessed a firearm not registered in his name in a federal database . He was also indicted in August with a weapons charge by a federal grand jury in Los Angeles after he was allegedly found in possession of a pistol and ammunition when officers recovered him in California on the warrant. Baton Rouge stop.
He is currently under house arrest in Utah pending trial on his federal charges.
Gaulden was given a 10-year suspended prison sentence in August 2017 and put on probation for three years after pleading guilty to aggravated assault with a firearm in a non-fatal shooting in 2016.