Rapper Gunna jailed in Fulton on racketeering charge; attorneys ask for bond

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“The indictment falsely portrays his music as part of criminal conspiracy,” said the statement, signed by Atlanta attorneys Don Samuel, John Garland and Kristen Novay. “Mr. Kitchens, an entertainer and philanthropist, created the first-ever local free in-school grocery and clothing store feeding over 400 children weekly, and nationally sponsored giveaways for victims of disasters and food shortages.”

In the motion for bond, the rapper’s attorneys pushed back against the DA’s indictment, calling the allegations against him “so thin as to be transparent.”

“There is no allegation that he committed any act of violence,” the filing said. “There is no allegation that he ever sold any drugs. There is no allegation that he ever committed any act relating to obstruction of justice or interfering with the administration of justice.”

Kitchens was last arrested in metro Atlanta in 2017 during a Brookhaven traffic stop. He and Young Thug, whose legal name is Jeffery Lamar Williams, were taken into custody alongside a third man on charges of drug possession.

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Williams was eventually indicted in DeKalb County on multiple felony drug charges, while Kitchens’ charges were considered misdemeanors. Kitchens pleaded guilty to a window tint violation in 2019, and prosecutors agreed to drop a charge of marijuana possession. He was sentenced to six months of probation.

Williams’ DeKalb charges are still pending, according to court records.

In the motion for bond, Kitchens’ lawyers argued he has “no significant criminal history,” and that his record mainly consists of minor traffic offenses.

Prosecutors said Young Slime Life is a criminal street gang co-founded by Williams in the Cleveland Avenue area of Atlanta with ties to the national Bloods gang. YSL, or Young Stoner Life, is also the name of Young Thug’s record label. As Williams rose to stardom, so did the profile of YSL thanks to frequent mentions in his music, prosecutors said.

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In Monday’s indictment, prosecutors laid out several instances they said furthered the YSL conspiracy. Kitchens’ involvement appears to be tied to the 2017 Brookhaven traffic stop. Also noted in the indictment is a 2018 traffic stop during which Williams, Kitchens and other associates of YSL in another car were pulled over for speeding.

One of the vehicles contained several weapons with high-capacity magazines, according to the indictment.

Like Williams, Kitchens is also accused of furthering the interests of YSL through his rap music, social media posts and music videos. Willis said Tuesday the First Amendment is “one of our most precious rights,” but she said free speech doesn’t protect someone from having their own words become evidence in a criminal proceeding.

Gunna was one of the first artists signed to the YSL Records label, which has been a growing presence in Atlanta. He was featured on Lil Baby’s 2018 hit “Drip Too Hard,” which peaked at No. 4 on Billboard’s Hot 100. He has also collaborated with artists such as Travis Scott, Machine Gun Kelly and fellow Atlanta rapper Future, as well as with Young Thug.

Earlier this year, Gunna’s “DS4Ever,” his third album, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart.

Kitchens appeared before a Magistrate Court judge Wednesday morning, but a Superior Court judge was expected to consider bail at a later date.

As for his part, Williams is facing an additional seven charges stemming from his arrest Monday and the subsequent search of his Buckhead home. In addition to his indicted charges of participating in criminal street gang activity and conspiring to violate the RICO Act, the 30-year-old now faces drug and weapons possession charges, as well as three new gang-related charges.

Both Williams, who was moved to the Cobb County jail after his arrest, and Kitchens are being held without bond.

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The DA called the First Amendment “one of our most precious rights,” but argued free speech doesn’t protect someone from having their own words become evidence in a criminal proceeding.”},{“_id”:”KNX4HC6IDZDP7I77IWETRBAAYE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1652208846090},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Steel, Williams’ attorney, said his client’s songs were simply a form of self-expression. “It’s offensive to take a musical artist’s poetry and then twist it out of context into crimes,” he said.”},{“_id”:”M5UUNJTTSBFZFGNBT5VMDOJYRE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1652204968980},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Willis hinted at the pending RICO indictment last month, when Eppinger, an alleged gang member also known as Bhris, was granted bond in the police officer’s shooting.”},{“_id”:”MUK242HRZJFPRLUGZI66VEGA5E”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1652204968981},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Williams, whose arrest made national headlines Monday evening, was taken into custody during an Atlanta police raid at his Buckhead home.”},{“_id”:”YA7G3WFY55FXDENME3PADCVKPU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1652207375793},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“It does not matter what your notoriety is, what your fame is,” Willis said. “If you come to Fulton County, Georgia, and you commit crimes … you are going to become a target and a focus of this district attorney’s office.””},{“_id”:”7PKUULB43ZE7HEVOUYEAQUFSTA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1652204968982},”type”:”text”,”content”:”— Staff writer Tamar Hallerman contributed to this article.”}],”display_date”:”2022-05-10T20:10:41.859Z”,”headlines”:{“basic”:”Fulton DA casts rapper Young Thug’s indictment as victory against crime”},”first_publish_date”:”2022-05-10T19:03:36.540Z”,”taxonomy”:{“sections”:[{“path”:”/news/crime”,”parent”:{“default”:”/news”},”_website”:”ajc”,”parent_id”:”/news”,”name”:”Crime & Public Safety”,”description”:”Crime in Atlanta: News and issues about crime, criminals, police and personal security in metro Atlanta. 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For weeks, Williams has been asking the county to waive the landfill costs for them to be able to remove the trash in the area.”},{“_id”:”4WFWEK45JRF5PO3NABHOAWZKPA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1652208717987},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“They know,” she said. “How many more people have to die in order for the county to move?””},{“owner”:{“id”:”ajc”},”copyright”:”Atlanta Journal-Constitution”,”address”:{},”caption”:”An area on the grounds of Brannon Hill Condominiums that has become a dumping ground for trash on Tuesday, May 10, 2022. 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WATCH: UPDATE – 1 dead at SE #Atlanta apartments after nearby shooting, police say – https://t.co/7MiRGqByX8 pic.twitter.com/zuQwoIylZq

— John Spink (@johnjspink) May 10, 2022

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Prosecutors allege that two associates of YSL, CHRISTIAN EPPINGER and ANTONIO SUMLIN, worked to get permission of @youngthug to make a 2nd attempt to murder @YFNLUCCI while he’s jailed in Fulton County. @wsbtv @MarkWinneWSB

— Michael Seiden (@SeidenWSBTV) May 10, 2022

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The pops must have been nearby construction, the mother surmised.”},{“_id”:”ZM4RU6QNUVD67GH3C4MXY5GNPA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1652114197222},”type”:”text”,”content”:”About 30 minutes later, a phone call from Riverside administrators sent the woman rushing to the school, past a growing cadre of Gwinnett police officers gathered on her street. In the school’s parking lot, she saw her child’s bus riddled with bullets, its front windshield shattered.”},{“_id”:”IPD5DIRRNNHXLNBDSZCII5YUHE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1652108613740},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The bus driver, a 56-year-old woman from Sugar Hill, sustained minor injuries caused by shattered glass, but no one was shot, Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. William Wolfe said from the scene. No information was released on a possible motive.”},{“_id”:”D77WWTWP7ZELZNSO4K2HSIMTY4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1652114197226},”type”:”text”,”content”:”When the shooting started and glass began to fly, the driver told her daughter to duck, the mother said. The child was seated in the second bench behind the driver.”},{“_id”:”2AZGDOQ2AJDLVEORAYZ2J2QE7I”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1652114197227},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“We are grateful for the awareness of our driver, the partnership, and the swift investigation of our school police and Gwinnett County police, who were able to identify the suspect and take them into custody this morning,” said Melissa Laramie, chief communications officer for Gwinnett County Public Schools. “Most importantly, we are so grateful the GCPS staff and children on the bus arrived safely at school.””},{“_id”:”VO6LJ6FLKNGVHHAQAJO664YD4U”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1652115254903},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Saunders was taken into custody soon after police arrived in the neighborhood. She was stopped in a vehicle and detained without further incident, according to Wolfe.”},{“_id”:”TW6SISGF2RHERGB6E47YNBAMJY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1652110604517},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“This is an isolated incident,” he said. “This isn’t a common occurrence here in Gwinnett County. But as to the exact motive, we are still waiting for detectives to show up to conduct interviews and make that determination.””},{“_id”:”VO6LJ6FLKNGVHHAQAJO664YD4U”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1652115254905},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The mother of the kindergarten student recognized Saunders as a neighbor, she said. 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WATCH: BREAKING – Officer-involved shooting investigation underway in NW Atlanta- https://t.co/6ZJhfWkGGN pic.twitter.com/99NJXwRETq

— John Spink (@johnjspink) May 9, 2022

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They moved fast, so they did good.””},{“_id”:”COBPQQPZUZDI3LYKWWOPAOE2V4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1652107435188},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Police have not determined why the man opened fire toward the children, Hampton said.”},{“_id”:”Y3P4SDZ4TFFT7PKK7IRQTG3FWY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1652107435189},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“This early in the morning, we know kids were en route to school, and again, it is troubling to hear that (children were fired upon),” he said. “But with the swift action of our officer, we were able to bring that to a successful conclusion.””},{“_id”:”M5VYOR3AJ5GQBPAJYONCTKQWUY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1652104350008},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Hampton said officers recovered two firearms and a knife from the suspect.”},{“_id”:”SJYVL6ES6FEF3FOQ4LXVI5DVFQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1652137545270},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The GBI has been asked to conduct an independent investigation. 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