Death Penalty Thrown Out, Preme Tells Supporters, "Don't Cry Out When Verdict Comes"

 After the defense and prosecution finished their closing arguments yesterday (January 24), the judge threw out the death penalty while the defense prepared to request a mistrial in the double murder case of drug lord Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff.

In a shocking turn of events yesterday, the judge and the prosecution reportedly took a break and phoned the attorney general in Washington, D.C. to have the death penalty charges removed from the case. The judge determined the trial did not warrant death penalty after hearing testimonies from all the witnesses and summations from the prosecution and the defense.

With the death penalty officially thrown out, McGriff now faces life in prision with no parole. However, the defense is expected to ask for a mistrial today, claiming the prosecution made misleading and false statements about the merits of the testimonies of informants who they assert were receiving government benefits.

Both sides are slated to get 30 minutes apiece for rebuttals today before the judge charges the jury on how and what they should deliberate. This is expected to be a lengthy process as the jury will undoubtedly have questions and need clarification. The verdict could come at any time.

Supreme has requested of his family, friends and supporters not to scream, yell or cry out when his verdict is read, but to "just roll with it."

McGriff is presently on trial for ordering the deaths of two of his rivals, Queens rapper E-Money Bags (born Eric Smith) and Troy Singleton. His escapades as a drug kingpin were featured in Queens Reigns Supreme, which graphically detailed the drug-laden streets of Queens, New York in the 80s.

Though Supreme had a wish list of over 50 witnesses to attest to his legitimacy as a businessman, including Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Lyor Cohen, Kevin Liles and Irvand Chris "Gotti" Lorenzo, none of the celebrity witnesses appeared on his behalf. When asked about the lack of support from his former "colleagues", sources close to the case stated that Supreme's response was simply "those dudes don't owe me anything."

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