Trial Date Set For Tony Yayo's Assault Case
Yayo (born Marvin Bernard) was arrested in March after allegedly smacking the 14 year-old who was walking down the street on his way to the Czar Entertainment offices where he interns after school.
The rapper was offered a plea deal in Manhattan Criminal Court earlier this year that would have sent him back to jail for nine months, a deal which he rejected. Both the rapper and his lawyer agreed that the deal would not be in Yayo's best interest and decided to take the case to trial. Now, a judge has set a January 10, 2008 trial date in the case, in which the Queens-bred rapper will be facing charges of endangering the welfare of a child, assault in the 3rd degree, and harassment in the 2nd degree.
"I am looking forward to a trial and it is important that justice be done," said Cynthia Reed, the mother of the victim via a statement. "Trials bring out facts, and I know the facts will expose the cowardly act of G Unit's member Yayo of assaulting my 14 year old son."
The defense believes that they have a good chance of winning the case, as they have revealed they have uncovered a witness that will testify at trial to Yayo's innocence. The witness, whose name is being withheld, has reportedly given a sworn statement saying he knows both the teen, James Rosemond, and Yayo, and that the boy was hit by a yet unidentified man. Yayo's attorney Scott Leemon also said that he has given that information to prosecutors.