On Monday, a judge in Fulton County Superior Court in Georgia denied the bail bond for American rapper Gunna and set his trial date for January 2023. The denial is coming in the wake of his Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) indictment earlier this month.
Although the rapper, born Sergio Kitchens, pleaded not guilty to one racketeering charge during his hearing in Fulton County, Georgia on Monday, the presiding judge decided to deny his bail bond after prosecutors argued that Gunna could intimidate potential witnesses if released. The prosecutors further claimed that Gunna is in a command position of his “YSL” label, which is regarded as a gang, in this case, making him dangerous. The legal team of the defendants has denied the prosecutors’ claims.
The rapper’s trial is now set for January 2023, making cancelling his already scheduled shows inevitable.
According to a Fox 5 report, Gunna’s case is part of a larger indictment against YSL, the label founded by Young Thug, a mentor to Gunna who has also been arrested. Young Thug had earlier had his bail bond denied on similar grounds as Gunna, with the prosecutors arguing that he possess the influence to make his gang commit more crimes if released. There is, however, a possibility that the presiding judge might consider an emergency bond recently filed by the rapper’s attorney on the grounds of the rapper’s inhumane treatment in prison. The new bond scheduled for hearing on Monday has been postponed to a yet announced date.