Indictment links 2 rappers to Lil Wayne’s tour bus shooting

16 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

How Prosecutors Think Young Thug and Birdman Plotted to Off Lil Wayne.

Lil Wayne’s feud with his former label boss and adoptive father, Bryan “Birdman” Williams, is so serious that, rather than waiting to fight it out in court, Birdman and his new protege Young Thug tried to have Weezy killed in a Blood gang assassination, an indictment filed in a Georgia court implies. The 23-year-old, whose real name is Jeffery Lamar Williams, was arrested Wednesday for allegedly threatening to shoot a Perimeter Mall security guard in the face, according to the U.S. Although Birdman and Thugga aren’t facing charges, the case against the alleged shooter—Young Thug’s tour manager Jimmy “PeeWee Roscoe” Winfrey—suggests he was trying to take Lil Wayne out on their behalf.… In the week prior to the shooting, Birdman and Young Thug had intentionally antagonized Lil Wayne by dropping a Thugga mixtape called Tha Barter VI—a play on Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter albums that implied Young Thug was taking Wayne’s spot in both the Cash Money hierarchy and the rap game writ large.

According to an indictment obtained by Atlanta’s Channel 2 Action News, prosecutors now claim that Jimmy Winfrey, 25 — better known as PeeWee Roscoe — was behind the wheel of the Camaro. “After Atlanta Police discontinued their escort, [Winfrey] and fellow Blood Gang members entered Interstate 285 from Atlanta Road in Cobb County in pursuit of the buses occupied by [Lil Wayne’s] group,” the indictment alleges. “The white sports car pulled beside the buses, shots were then fired into the buses from the sports car with a .40 caliber handgun and a 9mm handgun.” Winfrey was arrested on June 2, as the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported. It was origjnally called Tha Carter VI, but they had to change it for legal reasons, so they followed the Blood gang tradition of changing “C” (for crip) to “B.” On Instagram, Thugga boasted his first show for the new mixtape would be in Wayne’s neighborhood of Hollygrove, New Orleans, and panned over to some of his dudes—including alleged shooter PeeWee Roscoe—holding guns. The charges: aggravated assault, terroristic threats and acts, criminal damage, possession of a firearm by a felon, criminal gang activity, reckless conduct and discharging a weapon near the street.

Sensing violence was about to break out between the YSL crew and Weezy’s entourage after the show, “Atlanta police immediately began to escort Dwayne Carter and his group away from the Compound.” As Lil Wayne’s two tour buses traveled toward I-285, a lieutenant saw the white Camaro speeding to catch up with them. Young Thug “was wanted on an outstanding warrant charging him with terroristic threats stemming from an incident that occurred with the jurisdiction of the Dunwoody police,” Jim Joyner, spokesman for the U.S. Williams, who was born in Sylvan Hills in southwest Atlanta, is best known for his recent single “Stoner” and is a member of Gucci Mane’s Atlanta-based record label. Citing Young Thug’s “Halftime” video, which contains both a boast that Thugga would shoot Lil Wayne “in the noggin” and a shot of PeeWee Roscoe pointing an assault rifle at the camera, prosecutors claim PeeWee shot up the tour bus on Thugga’s behalf. The practice of entering rap lyrics as evidence in criminal cases has a long and sketchy history, and the ACLU has condemned it for unfairly biasing jurors against defendants.

In this case, it apparently wasn’t enough to charge Young Thug with a crime, especially considering that the “Halftime” video was released more than a month after the shooting. Although PeeWee Roscoe is facing multiple counts of racketeering, street gang terrorism, aggravated assault, and firearms possession, he’s not accused of attempted murder. And, despite the indictment’s implication that either Young Thug or Birdman (or maybe both?) ordered the shooting, prosecutors didn’t offer any conclusive proof, and they didn’t file conspiracy charges against either man.

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