Remy Ma Charged W/ Witness Intimidation & Gang Assault
Remy's initial attempted murder charges were recently dropped to assault. Police initially said that both Remy (born Remy Smith) and her alleged victim, Makeda Barnes-Joseph, were part of a three car caravan that left a Meatpacking District nightspot shortly before 4 a.m. Reports said that the two had argued earlier in the evening at the bar and continued to exchange words after leaving, but the argument turned violent about a block away when a gun was fired. The charges were reduced after new evidence was presented that the gun may have gone off on accident.
According to the Associated Press, Remy's lawyer, Ivan Fisher, failed to convince state Supreme Court Justice Rena Uviller that the evidence was insufficient to indict his client on the witness-intimidation and gang-assault charges. The 26-year-old rapper is accused of ordering several male friends to attack a witness' boyfriend - in her shooting charge - inside a nightclub, resulting in the victim suffering a black eye, shattered jaw and broken cheek bone
The judge adjourned the case until Jan. 3, when the prosecution expects to have results of DNA tests on blood found on Remy Ma's clothes. Assistant District Attorney Jason Berland wants to see whether the blood belonged to the woman the rapper is accused of shooting.