Tekashi 6ix9ine Kidnapper Requests Acquittal & New Trial Due to “Odd” Verdict
Anthony “Harv” Ellison, who was convicted of kidnapping Tekashi 6ix9ine back in October, is requesting an acquittal and new trial from a judge. According to AllHipHop News, Ellison and his lawyer, Deveraux L. Cannick, have proceeded in asking Paul A. Engelmayer for the entry of a judgment of acquittal on all counts and another trial. Ellison’s co-defendant, Al Jeremiah “Nuke” Mack, was also found guilty of racketeering and drug dealing.
Making the argument that no credible proof was presented in his trial connecting him to 6ix9ine’s criminal activity, Ellison claims his role was only as 6ix9ine’s employee as he started in a security guard role and later became a body guard.
In regards to the photos and videos presented to the feds of Ellison and 6ix9ine throwing up gang signs, Ellison states that he was only “acting.”
According to the feds, months of tension between opposing factions in the gang is what lead to the kidnapping/robbery as they were at war over control of the rapper’s career.
While on the stand for three days, 6ix9ine claimed Ellison pistol-whipped and abducted him at gunpoint with Jorge Rivera, the rapper’s driver, watching helplessly according to AHHN. 6ix9ine claims this happened while the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods were in an internal war. During his trial, Ellison also argued that all of 6iv9ine’s beefs were organized publicity stunts used to further promote the rapper’s career.
Although Ellison was found guilty of maiming and assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering, he was acquitted of assault with a deadly weapon in aid of racketeering.
Deveraux L. Cannick, Ellison’s lawyer, claims the verdicts are “utterly incompatible with one another.” He goes on to say, “The jury rejected the accounts of Hernandez and Jorge Rivera wherein they described Mr. Ellison using a weapon to effectuate an alleged kidnapping.”
“However, they found Mr. Ellison guilty of kidnapping Hernandez. The jury verdict on each count was not just odd, but utterly incompatible with one another, such that a jury following the Court’s instruction could not have produced it. The verdicts rendered by the jury were simply inconsistent with one another.”
Cannick continues, “Clearly, the jury did not entirely give credit to the testimony of Hernandez and Rivera. Hernandez clearly testified that he had been assaulted with a gun during the alleged kidnapping.”
“Rivera claimed to have observed multiple guns during the alleged seizure of Hernandez. A lack of credible evidence led to an inconsistent verdict. The defense submits that letting the guilty verdict stand would be a manifest Injustice.”
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