Gunna Denied Bond, Has a Trial Date Set for January 2023

Jaelani Turner-Williams Jaelani Turner-Williams is a contributing news writer for Okayplayer with…
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During a hearing in Atlanta on Monday, rapper Gunna was reportedly denied bond and now has a trial date set for January 2023.

Almost two weeks after being indicted on RICO charges, Gunna – whose legal name is Sergio Kitchens – has been denied bond and reportedly has a trial date set for January 9th, 2023. On Monday, journalist Jewel Wicker tweeted live during the rapper’s Atlanta hearing, reporting what occurred in the courtroom.

Per the bond, the Kitchens’ lawyer has the option to file another motion in the future. Kitchens, Young Thug and other members of YSL Records were mentioned in an 88-page, 56-count indictment earlier this month, in which members were alleged to engaged in in criminal gang activity, including murder, armed robbery, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and more.

Along with details of alleged criminal activity, the indictment references “colors, clothing, tattoos, hand signs as well as verbal and written identifiers” that YSL allegedly uses. The purported signifiers include wearing red or green bandanas, saying and writing the words “BLATT” meaning “Blood Love All the Time” or “SLATT” meaning “Slime Love All the Time.” Commonly used emojis on social media are also noted, including the “Green Heart, Green Snake, Blowing Bose and Green Vomit,” along with references to lyrics and music videos from YSL members.

On May 11th, Kitchens surrendered to Fulton County authorities under one count of conspiracy to violate RICO. The rapper is also being accused the criminal possession of marijuana, methamphetamine, and hydrocodone with the intent to distribute a controlled substance. The state has cited Kitchens for wearing YSL chains, along with sharing content on social media promoting the label.

 

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