Tory Lanez Found Guilty In Trial
A jury in Los Angeles found rapper Tory Lanez guilty on all three charges in the shooting of hip-hop star Megan Thee Stallion on July 12, 2020 in the Hollywood Hills.
ABC News has reached out to Lanez’ attorneys and a request for comment was not immediately returned.
Jury deliberations began Thursday and a verdict was announced Friday afternoon.
Megan Thee Stallion, whose legal name is Megan Pete, shared her account of the incident in an emotional testimony last week and accused Lanez of shooting her following an argument.
As the prosecution called DNA and gunshot residue (GSR) experts, much of the direct evidence of the case didn’t help prove what happened that night: Both Kelsey Harris and Tory Lanez had GSR on their hands. Tory’s DNA was not found on the magazine of the firearm, but when it came to the firearm itself, the defendant’s DNA results came back inconclusive.
Megan Testified Last Week
Pete testified that on the night of July 12, 2020, she got out of a car following an argument with Lanez and as she walked away, she turned her head and saw him with a gun, according to a reporter with Los Angeles ABC station KABC, who was in the courtroom.
“He was holding the gun pointing at me,” she said, according to KABC, and claimed that he said “dance b—-” and fired his gun, injuring both her feet.
“I froze … I felt shocked,” she said. “I wasn’t really sure if this was happening. … I looked at the ground and saw the blood … everyone was shocked.”
The original situation occurred back in October 2020 where Tory Lanez whose real name is Daystar Peterson, was charged with one felony count each of assault with a semi-automatic firearm (personal use of a firearm) and carrying a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle, according to charging documents.
Peterson is facing up to 22 years in prison for the felony charges. His legal team will have a chance to appeal the decision.
A jury has convicted Tory Lanez of all three charges for the 2020 shooting of Megan Thee Stallion. A crazy and downright scary scene in the courtroom as his father and stepmother screamed about wicks injustice.
— Meghann Cuniff (@meghanncuniff) December 23, 2022
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