Remy Ma's attorney disclosed in closing arguments Monday that his client did in fact shoot her longtime friend Makeda Barnes-Joseph, but claimed that it was an accident.
Defense attorney Ivan Fisher claimed Remy Ma, whose real name is Remy Smith, got into her friend's car after a party at a New York nightclub and asked Barnes-Joseph -- whom Smith had accused of stealing $3,000 from her purse -- to dump the contents of her bag. Barnes-Joseph refused and a struggle for the purse ensued, resulting in Smith's gun going off. Barnes-Joseph was shot in the stomach and hospitalized for three weeks after the shooting.
"There is no other explanation for why Remy Smith would have chosen that unique moment in time to shoot her," Fisher told the court.
Prosecutors claimed the shooting was anything but an accident. "She took every step you had to take to shoot somebody," Assistant District Attorney Michael McIntosh told jurors. "Ms. Smith took an illegal .45-caliber automatic and loaded it with hollow-point bullets and got into Ms. Joseph's car." McIntosh added that Smith ran after the incident instead of getting her former friend medical attention.
Jury deliberation will begin today. The rapper could face up to 25 years in prison if convicted.
Busta Rhymes was placed on three years' probation and will perform community service following his assault on a fan and a former driver last year.
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On Thursday The Game, born Jayceon Terrell Taylor, was sued by a man who says the rapper pulled a gun on him during a pickup game at a Los Angeles school nearly a year ago. On March 9 the rapper finished serving eight days on charges of possession of a gun in a school zone stemming from the same incident.
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Remy Ma was found guilty of assault following the shooting last July of a 23-year-old friend outside a New York City club.
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Federal agents arrested Lil' Wayne and two other men at a border security checkpoint in southwestern Arizona on Jan. 23 after finding several illegal drugs, including cocaine and 41 grams of Ecstacy, on the rapper's charter bus. Wayne, seen in his mugshot, was indicted on four charges on Feb. 12.
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Foxy Brown is serving a year in jail for violating her probation, after pleading guilty to misdemeanor assault in 2004. A judge recently denied the 'Hot Spot' rapper's request to go to California to have an ear examination to repair an implant.
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Sean "Diddy" Combs stands accused of assaulting fashion mogul Gerard Rechnitzer after last year's Oscars. Four witnesses have come forward to back up the claim.
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Rapper Tony Yayo was initially accused of slapping a 14-year-old boy, but now it turns out the rapper may have been on the one who stopped another man from hitting the teen.
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Yung Joc may be in even bigger trouble after skipping a hearing for his arrest in which he was accused of attempting to take a loaded gun onto a plane.
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Bryan 'Birdman' Williams was charged with marijuana possession when an RV he was traveling last November was pulled over in Tennessee after an improper lane change.
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T.I., here performing at the BET Awards in June, was arrested Oct. 13, 2007 in possession of unregistered machine guns, hours before he was to appear at the Hip-Hop Awards. He won two awards in absentia.
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