In a courtroom that became chaotic following a trial that filled with tension A Los Angeles jury on Friday decided singer Tory Lanez guilty of three charges of felonies in the shooting of hip-hop superstar Megan Thee Stallion. The attack wounded her with bullet fragments lodged in her feet. Lanez' conviction could put his to prison for up to 20 years.
Lanez who was placed in handcuffs, and later taken to the jail wearing an all-white pink jacket with matching pants, did not show any apparent reaction when it was announced that the jury verdict had been read.
After the jury was removed the father of Sonstar Peterson, leapt up and yelled "This inhumane system will be to be judged by God in all his glory!" as deputies closed in on him. Peterson then pointed at the two prosecutor and yelled "You two are wicked, wicked individuals. You're aware of that you were guilty of." Deputies with a lot of energy took him away out of the courtroom. he yelled throughout the hall.
The jury comprised of seven females and 5 males deliberated for a period of Thursday, and finally found the 30-year-old Canadian rapper, whose official title was Daystar Peterson, of assault using a semiautomatic gun and possessing a loaded, non-registered firearm in a car and discharge of a firearm in reckless disregard,report by best online casino in malaysia.
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Jurors also acknowledged the existence of aggravating elements in the incident, meaning Lanez could be facing as long as 22 years of prison as well as deportation after his sentence is handed down on January 25. Three children of which one was Lanez son, were seated at the top of the row as it was being read. A girl who was crying was comforted by the stepmother of Lanez who was also crying before she started shouting together with her husband.
Some in the crowd shouted"agreement," and one woman exclaimed "we are so happy for you Tory" when the actor was taken off. Fans who were in support of Megan and Lanez were gathered outside the courthouse during the course of the eight-day trial . They packed the courtroom as well as the hallway. The atmosphere was intense sometimes, yet mostly calm up until the decision was announced.
Megan Thee Stallion, whose legal name is Megan Pete, testified in the court trial. She testified that Lanez fired a gun on the back of her feet and demanded at her for her dance when she left an SUV that they were riding through the Hollywood Hills in the summer of 2020. She claimed that the two had got into a heated argument which grew heated after she began insulting his music.
She had to undergo surgery to remove fragments of bullets of her feet. Following it was announced that she had been found guilty, her attorney, Alex Spiro said "the jury did the right thing" and added that"I'm "thankful that justice was served to Meg."
Lanez Lawyer George Mgdesyan said they were shocked by the verdict. There was insufficient evidence to find Peterson," Mgdesyan said. Peterson," Mgdesyan stated in an interview. We believe that this case was not established beyond reasonable doubt. We are looking at the options, including an appeal.
The shooting triggered the rage of culture-related issues and heated debates that raged throughout the trial, such as the refusal to Black victims to confront the police, the protection of Black women, gender politics in hip-hop as well as the online toxicity.
When arguing their final arguments they emphasized the courage required to make Megan to speak out, and the backlash she was subjected to for her actions. They claimed that she did not have the motivation to speak anything other than the truth.
After the decision the district attorney George Gascon praised her. You displayed amazing courage and vulnerability through your testimony, despite numerous and horrifying attacks you didn't deserve, Gascon said in an apology. You had to endure unjust and sexist examination that no woman should ever have to endure.
Lanez lawyer claimed in his closing argument the shots were fired by Megan's former best friend Kelsey Harris in a jealous dispute over Lanez who was trying to get the shooter out. The lawyer, George Mgdesyan, argued Megan had created an untrue story by placing blame on Lanez.
Megan Pete was a deceiver. She has been lying about everything in this case right from to the very beginning. Mgdesyan said. She was a liar under oath in this case. Harris claimed to be one of the gunmen and had previously had identified Lanez as the person holding the gun. Her lawyer in an email did not speak about her involvement.
Lanez began to release mixtapes in 2009, and witnessed an increasing popularity, before moving on to major label albums. His most recent two albums made it to the top 10 of the Billboard charts.
Megan Thee Stallion was already an emerging star prior to this shooting. Her popularity has grown since. She was awarded the Grammy for the best emerging artist in 2021 and was among the her number one. one singles in the Billboard Hot 100 with her own single "Savage," featuring Beyonce and also as a guest for Cardi B's "WAP."