A Georgia judge shut down prosecutors’ request to delay the start of Young Thug and Gunna‘s RICO trial, Billboard reports. Jury selection is now set to begin January 5.
Thug, born Jeffery Williams, and Gunna, born Sergio Kitchens, were among 28 individuals included in a 56-count grand jury indictment in May. The counts include conspiracy to violate the RICO Act, murder, armed robbery and participation in criminal street gang activity. The rappers’ multiple requests for bond have been denied.
In October, prosecutors asked for a nearly three-month delay — from January 9 to March 27 — noting that eight defendants in the case still lacked lawyers. They added that attorneys retained at a later date wouldn’t have enough time to “properly prepare” if the trial began in January.
Young Thug’s lawyers argued against the request, saying it was “unjust that Mr. Williams rots in the county jail and … is being required to wait on the appointment of counsel for co-indictees.”
Fulton County Judge Ural Glanville opposed the delay during Thursday’s hearing.
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