Rapper Tory Lanez has been discovered responsible on all three counts within the closely-watched trial over whether or not he shot Megan Thee Stallion within the foot, ending a virtually two-week trial over the July 2020 incident and setting the stage for a probably prolonged jail sentence.
The decision was handed down by a jury in Los Angeles courtroom on Friday (Dec. 23). Lanez was convicted on all counts: assault with a semiautomatic firearm; carrying a loaded, unregistered firearm in a car; and discharging a firearm with gross negligence. He faces as much as 22 years in jail.
Upon the studying of the decision, Lanez’s father, who was current within the gallery, started screaming. “This depraved system. Disgrace of all of you!” he cried out.
In the middle of the trial, Lanez’s protection staff made their greatest effort to sow doubt over pulled the set off, portray a situation by which Megan’s ex-friend and assistant Harris was the shooter. To make their case, they leaned on inconsistent statements made by Megan within the greater than two years for the reason that incident in addition to an account from alleged eyewitness Sean Kelly. Nevertheless, Kelly undercut the protection staff’s idea by providing complicated and contradictory testimony from the stand on Tuesday — stating he noticed a muzzle flash close to the place Megan and Harris have been scuffling on the street close to his residence but additionally that he noticed a person matching Lanez’s description holding a gun and, at one other level, that he by no means noticed a gun in any respect.
On the opposite aspect, prosecutors have repeatedly highlighted Megan’s emotional testimony final week, when the Grammy winner held again sobs as she recounted the ordeal and mentioned that she’s obtained extreme public blowback within the wake of the incident, at one level stating, “I want he had simply shot and killed me if I’d have recognized I used to be going to undergo this torture.” Along with Megan’s direct claims that Lanez was the one who pulled the set off, prosecutors additionally poked holes within the protection staff’s idea that Harris was the one accountable. In closing arguments, Deputy District Legal professional Alexander Bott strongly instructed that Harris — who in a previous interview with prosecutors mentioned that Lanez shot Megan and in addition assaulted her when she tried to intervene — contradicted her prior statements solely after being threatened or paid off.
The blockbuster trial arrived practically two and a half years after Megan was shot at the very least as soon as within the foot within the early morning hours of July 12, 2020, whereas on the best way residence from a small social gathering thrown by Kylie Jenner. Based on Megan, after a battle erupted between Lanez, Harris and herself in an SUV pushed by Lanez’s safety guard Jaquan Smith, she exited the automotive solely to be shot at a number of instances by Lanez, who she claimed at one level shouted, “Dance, b—-” whereas firing out the window. That’s clearly the model of the story that jurors, who took lower than two days to succeed in their unanimous verdict, selected to imagine.
The trial might nicely have dragged on past Christmas had both Lanez or Smith taken the stand, however on Wednesday, the rapper mentioned he wouldn’t be testifying and protection attorneys opted in opposition to inserting Smith on the stand, citing procedural wrangling and the potential for a delay that would have compelled jurors to return after the vacation.
Megan was not current for the studying of the decision on Thursday.