Tory Lanez has filed an appeal to dismiss the charges against him in the Megan Thee Stallion shooting trial.
Lanez’s attorney Jose Baez accuses prosecutors of using a photo showing his chest tattoo of a firearm to insinuate to the jury that the rapper has a fondness for guns.
The motion also cites threats to use his lyrics against him, as well as attempts by Kelsey Nicole Harris, who was present at the time of the shooting, to recant what she previously told prosecutors.
Lanez hired Baez and former Suge Knight attorney David Kenner in January, a clear indication that he was prepared to appeal the decision.
Baez most notably represented Casey Anthony in her trial over the killing of her daughter Caylee, and Aaron Hernandez in the murder of Odin Lloyd. Days after Tory Lanez’s new legal team was set, his sentencing was rescheduled for a later date as his lawyers prepared to request a new trial.
“My client’s conviction should be thrown out because irrelevant evidence was presented in the trial,”In the court documents , the “Say It” rapper’s criminal defense lawyer Jose Baez claims
Additionally, Baez believes it was wrong for the jury to have heard an 80-minute interview prosecutors had with Megan’s former BFF, Kelsey Harris, who was in the vehicle with both rappers the night of the shooting.
Harris’ interview was hurtful to Lanez’s case — even though she later recanted most of what she said.
In December 2022, Lanez was convicted of shooting Megan — born Megan Pete — in the back of her feet following a verbal altercation after leaving Kylie Jenner’s house in July 2020.
He was charged with one felony count each of assault with a semi-automatic firearm (personal use of a firearm) and carrying a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle.
He was also convicted of an additional felony count of discharging a firearm with gross negligence.