Bobby Shmurda pleads not guilty to conspiracy to commit murder

Rapper and his GD9 crew face 69 charges in total, including drug distribution

Bobby Shmurda has appeared at Manhattan Supreme Court to plead not guilty to a number of charges, including conspiracy to commit murder.

As reported by XXL, the 20-year-old rapper appeared alongside 12 other members of his GS9 crew yesterday. Collectively, the group face a total of 69 charges, including murder, attempted murder and assault, as well as various drug and gun-related offenses. All have pleaded not guilty on all charges.

Shmurda – real name Ackquille Pollard – was arrested last month. His bail has been set at $2 million, a sum his lawyer, Kenneth Montgomery, called “extremely unfair” in court yesterday. “There’s nothing about a hierarchy about this alleged gang,” said Montgomery in response to the prosecution’s claims that Shmurda is the leader of the alleged operation. Crew members Rashid ‘Rasha’ Derissant and Alex ‘A-Rod’ Crandon, who are both facing second degree murder charges, have been denied bail.

The crew are scheduled to appear again in court on April 22. If found guilty, Shmurda – who found fame last year with the release of the song ‘Hot Nigga’ – is facing up to 25 years in jail.