Bobby Shmurda, Rowdy Rebel, and the rest of the Brooklyn GS9 crew appeared in court yesterday to enter their pleas to the numerous charges against them. Shmurda, whose government name is Ackquille Pollard, pleaded not guilty during the hearing that lasted over three hours. Rowdy Rebel, who is facing charges of conspiracy, attempted murder, attempted assault, and criminal possession of a weapon, also pleaded not guilty, while his lawyer called his $2 million bail “excessive.”
Earlier today, rumors surfaced that Shmurda may have posted bail. According to Bossip, Shmurda “secured celebrity bail bondsman Ira Judelson, who said he’ll put up Shmurda’s $2 million bail as early as next week.” “At the end of the day, I’m their bank. I’m the one who is going to be putting up the money to secure their appearance in court,” Judelson told Bossip. “Bobby is relying on me to put up the $2 million to get him out the door, get him back to his family and get his music career back on track.”
Complex reached out to Shmurda’s new attorney Kenneth J. Montgomery who confirmed that his bail package was posted earlier today However, he’s not out yet. “A 72 hour surety is attached and the package has to be examined by the Government,” Montgomery told Complex. “If approved he is released. If not a hearing would be scheduled to litigate any issues.”
A surety essentially means that the assistant district attorney is “concerned that the defendant might be able to have his bail posted, or the fee of any bail bond posted by illicit funds.” Therefore, they take 72 hours to investigate the funds.
Brian “Meeshie” Harvey, Rashid “Rasha” Derissant, Deshain “Mitch” Cockett, Alex “A-Rod” Crandon—all pleaded not-guilty as well, while Rasha and A-Rod were granted no bail in the case. Another court date has been scheduled for April 22. Last month, Shmurda and members of the GS9 crew were arrested outside of Quad Studios in New York City, and later indicted on charges of conspiracy, reckless endangerment, criminal possession of a weapon, and more. Following the arrest, it was announced that the investigation was part of a large narcotics operation that had been underway for months. During the hearing yesterday, additional charges were added via a new indictment, which included six new charges against Pollard himself. The full list of charges now totals 101 counts against all of the parties involved.
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