Hard-hitting Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is holding the line in the gang trial against rappers Young Thug and Gunna and Young Slime. To be fair though Willis filed a motion for continuance and requested the trial be moved from Jan. 9, 2023, to March 27, 2023 in order for eight of the 28 rappers swept up in the criminal arrests to secure counsel. Young Thug and Gunna continue to be held without bond.
Young Thug, Gunna, and more than two dozen members of the Young Slime Life group have been in jail in Atlanta for the past five months for felony charges, including the RICO statute, that could have them in prison for decades if they are convicted. Prosecutors say that YSL is a dangerous street gang responsible for a multitude of serious crimes.
In May, Gunna (Sergio Kitchens) was indicted along with rapper Young Thug who are both on the Young Stoner Life record label. Fulton County prosecutors claim that YSL uses the record label as a front while conducting criminal activity. In the 88-page indictment, several members of YSL were charged with crimes such as murder, armed robbery, and illegal firearm possession.
All of the defendants in custody are being accused of being members of Young Slime Life and are facing Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act charges in connection with the case.
Willis requests in her motion the defendants all be tried together.
Attorneys for several of the defendants previously filed motions for speedy trials, setting the court date in January.
Willis said moving the date to late March would protect the defendant’s speedy trial rights while giving them more time to acquire counsel.