Bobby Shmurda’s latest request to have his $2 million bail lowered has been denied by a judge in New York. The troubled rapper’s trial was instead delayed until next year. The trial for Shmurda is now scheduled to begin on February 22 so the defense can have more time to review the prosecution’s evidence.
The rapper has been locked up for almost a year due to charges that he and his G59 members were a violent gang that committed drug and violent crimes in Brooklyn.
Judge James Burke denied a request by Shmurda’s new lawyer, Alex Spiro, to slash his client’s $2 million bail after Special Prosecutor Nigel Farina argued that Shmurda was dangerous and had the money and out of state connections to skip town.
But Spiro countered that Shmurda’s net worth was just $400,000, he didn’t have a criminal record and there was no evidence that he’d actually hurt anyone.
“I don’t believe he should have to sit in jail for what seems like another six months, waiting for trial,” Spiro said.
Judge Burke denied the rapper a lower bail at least four previous times, Farina said.
Prosecutors also claim to have linked Bobby to a shooting in January by using DNA evidence found on a sweatshirt.