More bad news for Tory Lanez.
The rap star, real name Daystar Petersen, has been denied a new trial as requested by his legal team Jose Baez and Matthew Barhoma.
Lanez was convicted of three felonies in December for shooting hip-hop star Megan Thee Stallion.
L.A. County Superior Court Judge David Herriford made the ruling on Tuesday (May 9th) after hearing his attorneys argue points outlined in their 84-page motion detailing why Lanez deserves a new trial.
Herriford went through their motion points (1-7) and explained why each did not substantiate a reason for a new trail. “The court does not find any error,” said Herriford. “The motion is denied.”
He added that even if the court had found errors as detailed in their motion, “the outcome wouldn’t be different.”
Breaking: Judge denies #ToryLanez motion for new trial. Says court did not find any error based on the motion points submitted
— Jasmine Simpkins (@jazzakai) May 9, 2023
As previously reported, his lawyers claimed that his prior legal representation was unprepared after inheriting the case from his first attorney Shawn Holley who stepped down two weeks before the trial.
Baez made a statement on record following the judges ruling noting that he would have called both Holley and her replacement George Mgdesyan, had Herriford allowed them to call witnesses during the hearing. He said he also planned to call another DNA expert and a music expert to speak to the racial bias Lanez received during the trial.
Prosecutor Kathy Ta requested that sentencing take place as soon as possible. She also said Megan Pete may submit a victim impact statement.
Herriford set June 13th as the new sentencing date.
Prosecutor Alex Bott said that Lanez is facing a minimum of nine years in prison, with a maximum of 22 years and eight months.
Lanez’ lawyers can appeal his conviction and sentencing to the California Court of Appeal once he’s sentenced.
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