Remy Ma Trial Update: Victim Admitted Shooting Was Accident, Claims Defense

Grammy nominated rapper Remy Ma was back in Manhattan Criminal Court today (Mar. 24) for the closing arguments in her assault trial. According to the Associated Press, the Bronx rapper's attorney, Ivan Fisher, told jurors in his closing statements that the prosecution did not prove that the shooting was anything more than an accident and that the victim agrees.

Remy Ma is accused of shooting former friend Makeda Barnes-Joseph in Manhattan's Meatpacking district last July.

Though a witness came forward and testified that he saw Remy cock the gun before entering Barnes-Joseph's car, Fisher says it was an accident.

Now, it's the victim's own testimony that the defense is citing as proof of Remy's innocence. According to Fisher, Barnes-Joseph admitted on the stand that the gun went off during a struggle over a handbag. He said there's no evidence that the shooting was more than a mishap.

The shooting allegedly took place after Remy discovered $3,000 missing from her purse, and accused Barnes-Joseph of taking it, demanding that she empty out the contents of her bag.

The prosecution is expected to give its summations later today.

Remy is charged with first-degree assault and other charges related to the shooting. Currently free on $250,000 bail, she faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.