Bobby Shmurda Denied Bail Again; Trial Date Pushed Back
Brooklyn rapper Bobby Shmurda has lost another bid for bail in Manhattan court. The 21-year-old, whose legal name is Ackquille Pollard, has now been denied bail four times since his arrest in December, according to reports.
The rapper, who was arrested in December 2014, has previously pleaded not guilty to felony and misdemeanour charges of promoting prison contraband, perjury and criminal possession of a weapon, according to the Bronx district attorney’s office. Prosecutors also claim he ran a drugs gang that stretched the length of America’s east coast. If convicted of this, Shmurda could face a 25-year sentence.
Page Six reports that Judge James Burke set a new trial date for 22 February.
Shmurda’s new attorney, Alex Spiro of the law firm Brafman & Associates, objected to the date and requested bail for his client, however, special narcotics prosecutor Nigel Farinha reportedly argued that the case against the rapper has only got stronger.
In an interview with Hot 97 radio’s Ebro in the Morning show last February, he denied reports that he was in possession of an arsenal of weapons. “That shit is not true,” said Shmurda. “The cops been out for me for forever, man. They been trying to slay me for forever, but they never catch me with nothing.”
Shmurda rose to fame in 2014 following the success of his song Hot Nigga, whose video featured the “Shmoney dance”, which went viral.