UPDATED 6/17, 9:59 p.m. ET: Pooh Shiesty, real name Lontrell Williams, will remain behind bars, despite new developments in his criminal case.
According to the Miami Herald, a judge denied the rapper’s bond on Thursday after his alleged shooting recanted his statement to police. County prosecutors expressed skepticism over Frivin Dor’s decision to change his tune, suggesting the security guard may have been pressured to walk back his initial statement.
“The victim originally gave a recorded statement where he was very lucid, clear, and gave very clear and descriptive answers,” Miami-Dade prosecutor Ruben Scolavino said.
“If I’m reading between the lines, I assume what you’re trying to tell me is that there may have been some pressure exerted upon this witness to change their testimony,” Circuit Judge Ellen Venzer replied.
“At this point, the state and authorities are investigating it,” Scolavino told the judge. “Obviously, we are concerned that may be an issue.”
Prosecutors also said that a “federal detainer” was placed on Williams in connection to the October 2020 Bay Harbor Islands, Florida shooting that the rapper was previously arrested for. He was later released on bond.
“We have been in communication with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and we believe they have a federal detainer on him and are likely to file federal charges,” the rapper’s defense attorney, Saam Zangeneh, said. “That doesn’t change our position as to his 100 percent innocence, in both state and federal matters.”
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Pooh Shiesty’s legal team has filed a new motion centered on what they say is sworn testimony from the security guard at a Miami club who was previously alleged to have been shot by the Shiesty Season artist.
Per a report from TMZ on Tuesday, attorneys Bradford Cohen and Saam Zangeneh filed the motion this week. In the testimony, according to the report, the guard said he was given a strong painkiller when he was taken to a hospital on the night of the Miami incident. The guard is also said to have told Shiesty’s legal team that he doesn’t remember anything about the night in question, including giving his initial statement to authorities.
The guard reportedly has no interest in pressing charges, with Tuesday’s update on the incident stating that the incident at the club could potentially have been caused by a fan system that fell in a nearby garage. Furthermore, per TMZ, the guard reportedly “doesn’t recall Pooh aiming at him or even shooting at him.”
Earlier this month, an arrest warrant affidavit alleged that the security guard was shot in the ankle while trying to escort Shiesty out of the King of Diamonds club on May 30. At the time, it was also reported that the guard had told authorities that Shiesty had passed the weapon to someone else after the alleged shot was fired, at which point the artist and other members of his team left the area.
Cohen, per the Miami Herald’s David Ovalle, proposed during a hearing last week that the incident was an example of an accidental discharge. Prosecutors, meanwhile, argued that Shiesty was upset over the guard allegedly telling him to put away the weapon.
Shiesty, who now has two open felony cases in Miami, was ordered at the time to remain in jail:
Complex has reached out to Shiesty’s attorneys for additional comment and will update this post accordingly.
Also last week, Shiesty linked with Gucci Mane for the new collab single “Like 34 & 8,” taken from the 1017 Records boss’ upcoming Ice Daddy album.