The singer and rapper Tory Lanez has been found guilty of assaulting the rapper Megan Thee Stallion. A jury of seven women and five men deliberated for two days in Los Angeles Superior Court. After hearing arguments from both the prosecution and the defense in a high profile trial that stretched on for the past two weeks. Coming right up against the Christmas holiday weekend.
During the last two weeks of witness and expert statements
The jury and members of the public observed emotional testimony from the victim herself. Unexpected twists in testimony and varied interpretations of the hard evidence in the case. Megan Pete was one of the first names called for the prosecution, and she gave her account of the assault. Pointing to Peterson in court as the shooter.
The Houston rapper also described how the assault and these proceedings have impacted her career and life the last two and a half years. Harris, the former best friend and assistant of Pete, was in the vehicle with the two rappers that night. Harris’ testimony was highly anticipated as potential corroboration for Pete’s account of the night. Which pegged Peterson as the shooter. His testimony was also expected to lay the grounds for the defense to explore the theory that she, not Peterson, was the shooter in this incident.
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Harris and Pete have not spoken in the almost three years, from the incident to this trial.
As the prosecution called DNA and gunshot residue experts. Much of the direct evidence of the case did not help prove what happened that night: Both Kelsey Harris and Tory Lanez had GSR on their hands. Tory’s DNA was not found on the magazine of the firearm. But when it came to the firearm itself, the defendant’s DNA results came back inconclusive.
In another testimonial twist, when it was the defense’s turn to prove their theory that Kelsey Harris was the real assailant. Their key witness also partially reneged on a previous statement. In the two years it took for this trial to happen. There’s been disagreement in the hip-hop world about Pete’s believability as a victim. Normalized mistreatment of Black women and false accusations made against Black men.