The plaintiffs tried Two new witnesses added tampering charges to Tory Lanez’s felony assault trial on Monday, but the judge closed it and said they had waited too long.
Los Angeles Deputy Attorney General Kathy Ta filed her motion on the new charges Monday, citing California Penal Code 136.1, which makes it an offense to attempt to dissuade a witness.
“It is based on the testimony of both the victim and Ms. (Kelsey) Harris,” about “statements the defendant made in the car, offering them $1 million” to keep quiet about the shooting that hit Meghan in the feet on July 12, 2020, Ta told the court.
Judge David Hereford responded by asking why prosecutors had waited so long, given that Meghan had made the main allegation early in the case. Ta said she wasn’t sure how Harris would testify, but because she appeared to corroborate Meghan’s claim during her turn on the witness stand, they decided to file a “million dollar bribe” suit.
Lenz’s defense attorney, George Magdian, objected Monday, saying prosecutors had known since September what Harris’ testimony was likely, and the court agreed. The late addition, Hereford said, put the defense in a “difficult position” in terms of planning and response time.
The judge said, “I think it’s unfair at this point, so I’m going to deny that motion.”
Lenz, whose legal name is Daystar Peterson and is a Canadian citizen, pleaded not guilty to three criminal charges in the high-profile case including assault with a firearm causing great bodily injury; Concealment of a loaded and unregistered firearm in a vehicle; and the recently added number of grossly negligently discharging a firearm.
If convicted of the charges against him, the Alone at prom The rapper faces 22 years and eight months in prison, then deportation.
Earlier on Monday, prosecutors were unable to locate a key witness and asked the court for an extra day to present their case or permission to reopen their record after the defense breaks. A source said that while the name of the witness was not disclosed Rolling Stone That prosecutors were referring to Megan’s former bodyguard Justin Edison.
Over the weekend, Megan’s attorney Alex Spero said Edison “disappeared” before his expected testimony in the case. “He was prepared to testify. He’s someone who’s always online, online, responsive, and as he prepares to testify in a violent crime case, he just disappears,” Spiro said.
In his opening statement last week, Deputy District Attorney Alexander Bot told jurors that Edison would take the stand, and stated that he visited Lanez’ home the day after the shooting and heard the rapper admit he was the operator.
“As the court can see, there was a great deal of due diligence with respect to this witness,” Ta said Monday, asking for more time.
Judge Hereford indicated that it would allow prosecutors to refrain from resting their case while they searched for their witness. “Well, let’s see how far we can go,” he said.
Prosecutors then re-called two previous witnesses before handing the matters over to Peterson’s defence. LAPD Officer Sandra Cabral returned to the stand first to present police body cam footage showing the police stopping by after the shooting. Jurors watched video of Harris being handcuffed, crying and asking, “Meghan, are you okay?” As Megan heads toward an ambulance, also in handcuffs.
Cabral said she did not see Tory Lanez’ “behaviour” as he was handcuffed and stood with his head down against a wall.
In cross-examination, defense attorney George Majdisian asked if Cabral recalled hearing Lenz also express concern about Meghan, saying, “Migo, you’ll be okay, you’re okay?” The prosecution objected to the question, and the judge agreed that it was inappropriate, so the officer did not answer.
Prosecutors then called a DA investigator to ask about the alleged track targeting Meghan that Harris released in November 2020 titled “Bussin Back”. They highlighted the lyrics, “You know it’s not me,” and “All you have to do is spell out your best friend’s name,” seemingly to further combat the defense theory that Harris could have been the shooter.
Magdisian later called Meghan’s former stylist Eric “AJ Culberson” to the stand to testify about the party he attended at Kylie Jenner’s house with Meghan, Harris, and Peterson before the shooting.
Culberson corroborated Harris’ earlier testimony that Meghan and Harris left the Jenner home alone in a Cadillac Escalade with Petron’s chauffeur before returning to retrieve Peterson a short time later. When she testified last week, Meghan said she didn’t leave the party until she managed to convince Peterson to join her.
The designer also said he had never heard Meghan or Harris claim Tory had a gun, and that he had not seen a firearm at any time on the night of the alleged shooting.
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