Tory Lanez begged the judge not to “ruin my life” in his motion for a new trial in the Megan Thee Stallion shooting case.
On May 8, the Canadian rapper appeared in a Los Angeles court to discuss his motion for a new trial, which he submitted in March after being found guilty in December.
In July 2020, Tory (Daystar Peterson) allegedly fired several gunshots at Megan during an drunken dispute outside Kylie Jenner’s residence in Hollywood Hills, ultimately injuring her feet.
Tory Lanez’s legal representatives, Matthew Barhoma and Jose Baez, made their argument before Judge David Herriford, contending that his former defense attorney, George Mgdesyan, provided inadequate representation, and emphasizing that no trace of Tory Lanez’s DNA was found on the firearm in question.
Meghann Cuniff, a reporter from Law&Crime, reported that in the trial supplement, it was highlighted that Lanez’s former lawyer, Shawn Holley, had to withdraw due to scheduling conflicts, leaving Mgdesyan with limited time to prepare for the trial.
The supplement was sealed because Barhoma and Baez said it deals with attorney-client privilege issues, but they indicated they were open to waiving that privilege. Judge Herriford warned them about doing so as “there’s some stuff in there they really might not want in the public realm,” Cuniff tweeted.
Regarding the DNA defense, Lanez recently disclosed that Baez had “hired one of the best DNA experts in the nation to carefully analyze the same DNA test,” finding that his DNA “is 100 percent excluded and 100 percent eliminated from the gun.” During the trial, the DNA test’s results were “inconclusive”.
However, the judge questioned Barhoma and Baez over the lack of objections to the DNA during the trial. In response, Barhoma said that although Holley had informed the court that she was hiring her own DNA expert, “that turned out to be false.” It took another eight months to recruit an expert who “was not adequately prepared,” according to Baez.
Tory’s chances of being granted a new trial look slim as Judge Herriford repeatedly noted Baez did not make an ineffective counsel argument about Mgdesyan in his new trial motion, meaning it can’t be considered in court, according to Los Angeles Times‘ James Queally.
The judge has indicated that he plans to dismiss any contentions regarding inadmissible evidence due to Mgdesyan’s failure to raise objections during the trial.
Tory begged Judge Herriford to grant him another chance at freedom as he was handcuffed and escorted out the courtroom. “Please don’t ruin my life. I could be your son. I could be your brother,” he told the judge (who is Black). Herriford didn’t say anything back.
On Tuesday morning (May 9), when court resumes, the judge is expected to rule on Tory Lanez’s motion for a new trial.