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.