Young Thug trial on pause until January after co-defendant is stabbed in jail

By Stermy 3 Min Read

Latest Young Thug trial news update: The trial involving rapper Young Thug and five co-defendants has been temporarily halted until early next year (January 2024) due to an incident in the Fulton County Jail in Atlanta.

The pause was initiated after one of the defendants, Shannon Stillwell, 31, was stabbed multiple times during a fight with another inmate in the same section of the jail, as reported by the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office.

Superior Court Chief Judge Ural Glanville informed jurors on Monday morning about a “medical issue” affecting one of the defendants, instructing them to return the next day.

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On Tuesday, he informed them that the “medical issue still exists” and, considering the time it may take to resolve it, decided to recess the trial for the holidays. Initially, the jury was scheduled for a break starting at the end of the week and continuing through the new year.

Glanville directed the jurors to return to court on January 2nd at 9 a.m., advising them not to read or discuss the trial during the interim.

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Following the stabbing, Stillwell was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. Judge Glanville issued an order on Monday allowing Stillwell’s attorneys to visit him at the hospital “to the extent that it is medically cleared.” Upon Stillwell’s return to the jail, Glanville directed that he be kept separate from the other defendants in the case.

The racketeering conspiracy trial, involving Stillwell, Young Thug (Jeffery Williams), and four others, commenced last month after approximately 10 months of jury selection.

Prosecutors allege that Young Thug led a violent street gang known as Young Slime Life (YSL), responsible for various crimes, including killings, shootings, and carjackings, over about a decade. They claim that he used his music career and social media presence to promote the gang and establish its dominance.

In their defense, attorneys argue that law enforcement heavily relied on jailhouse informants with questionable motives. They also criticize the prosecution’s use of rap lyrics as evidence, asserting that their clients’ artistic expression is being unjustly used against them.

See This: Prosecutors Use Young Thug’s Lyrics Against Him In Trial

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