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A defendant in 6ix9ine’s case will also be going to trial.
Tekashi 6ix9ine, who pleaded guilty in January to dealing heroin and hiring someone to shoot a rival rapper, has added a new name to his legal team.
According to Page Six, Alex Spiro will be representing the 23-year-old Brooklyn rapper in his racketeering case. Spiro has represented Patriots owner Robert Kraft in his prostitution case, 21 Savage in his immigration visa case, and Jay-Z in a diversity/trademark case.
Spiro is set to join a team of attorneys that includes Dawn Florio, who was charged for attempting to smuggle pills to one of her clients in 2005.
6ix9ine took a pleas deal and has since been cooperating with the government. Ten members of his former affiliation, the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods have also taken guilty pleas.
Complex reports alleged Nine Trey member Anthony Ellison, who is charged with kidnapping and beating Tekashi and robbing $750,000 worth of jewelry and $20,000 from the rapper, plans to go to trial in September. Tekashi is expected to be put on the witness stand.
“The only motive he has [for going to trial]: if Tekashi’s the one making the accusation, he wants to say, prove it,” Complex reports Cannick said of Ellison. “Tekashi has mastered the art of marketing, trolling, and, for lack of a better word, fabricating.”
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