The book appears to have been thrown too hard at rapper Blueface, his Las Vegas attorney says.
Blueface, real name Johnathan Porter, is charged with attempted murder and firing a gun at an occupied vehicle in connection with an Oct. 8 shooting outside a Las Vegas strip club.
“On the face of it, it looks like the charges are overstated,” said Porter’s attorney Lisa Rasmussen, who is representing the rapper along with attorneys Kristina Wildeveld and Caitlyn McAmis.
Porter, 25, was arrested outside Lo-Lo’s Chicken and Waffles near East Flamingo Road and Koval Lane on Tuesday after the Metropolitan Police Department said surveillance video showed him firing shots at a man who identified as Kentabius Traylor in the arrest report.
The shooting took place outside the Euphoric Gentlemen’s Club at 6370 Windy Lane just after 4am on October 8th.
According to Cornell University’s Legal Information Institute, the term overcharging occurs in the context of the criminal justice system when a “criminal prosecutor attempts to prosecute the accused for crimes more serious than the known facts support.”
Rasmussen declined to comment on why she thinks Porter’s case is overblown. She also declined to say anything about her client’s stance on the allegations and has instructed him not to speak to the media.
According to Metro, Traylor had met Porter earlier in the night after recognizing the rapper at the club. But when Porter left Euphoric, Traylor apparently “noted that Blueface was talking to some women in a cheap vehicle,” according to the arrest report.
Traylor “made an audible joke,” according to the arrest report, and immediately afterwards was repeatedly punched by men he believed were part of Blueface’s entourage.”
As Traylor tried to drive away, bullets hit the pickup truck he was driving. A bullet appeared to have grazed his left hand, police said.
Investigators looked at the strip club’s surveillance video and claimed in the report that Porter “can be seen on surveillance video appearing to fire a pistol into the passenger compartment and hit Taylor with his left hand, narrowly missing his head because Traylor hit himself.” crouch and drive a way.”
The alleged video of the shooting was released on TMZ.com, but Rasmussen declined to comment. She said she has not yet received a copy of the video in Discovery, a legal term that refers to the exchange of evidence between defense and prosecutors ahead of a potential trial.
Rasmussen, without going into details, said she believes the evidence would show a different story than what was being claimed against her client.
“The other thing I would like to say is that we very much look forward to taking this matter to court on behalf of our client and we believe the path will be clear when all the evidence is in court to support the charges against him.” not necessarily consistent with what appears to have actually happened,” Rasmussen said.
Porter appeared in court on Wednesday and was released on $50,000 bail, court documents show. The next court date in Porter’s case is scheduled for January 24.
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