Troy Ave‘s lawyer has his work cut out for him. The Brooklyn rapper formally plead not guilty to attempted murder in a Manhattan court today (June 22).
Reports the New York Daily News:
The 33-year-old Brooklyn-bred performer, whose real name is Roland Collins, was handcuffed to a wheelchair and rolled into Manhattan Supreme Court for his arraignment.
“Not guilty,” the glum looking rapper uttered before the judge, a crowd of supporters and a beefed-up corps of court officers.
The case was adjourned to July 1 when Collins’ attorneys Scott Leemon and John Stella hope to have him sprung on a bail package.
Outside the courthouse, Troy’s lawyer, Scott Leemon, stressed to assembled reporters that his client was the victim—he is recovering from gunshot wounds to each leg.
According to Troy’s camp, he wrestled a gun away from a still unidentified man who shot at him after an altercation. The shooter has not been ID’d but various reports say the beef started after Troy got into a confrontation with podcaster Taxstone.
Reportedly, the gun Troy Ave is seen firing in surveillance footage was not the weapon that killed his bodyguard Ronald McPhatter aka Banga.
However, Troy Ave has been hit with additional gun charges for weapons allegedly found in the vehicle that transported him to the hospital the night of the shooting.