Attorneys for the tour manager accused of shooting at rapper Lil Wayne’s tour buses want his charges dropped, according to documents filed in Cobb County Superior Court.
In June, a grand jury indicted Jimmy Carlton Winfrey, who works for the rapper known as Young Thug, on 30 counts following the April incident on I-75. Two other rappers — Jeffrey Williams, known as Young Thug, and Bryan Williams, known as Birdman — were named in the same indictment, but neither have been charged in the case.
Winfrey’s attorneys argue the racketeering charges should be dropped since he is the only person charged.
“The State is clearly culpable of selectively prosecuting Mr. Winfrey while wholly neglecting Jeffrey and Bryan Williams’ role in the offense charged,” the appeal states.
The motion also claims prosecutors misinterpreted lyrics and that they make no threat to harm Lil Wayne.
In the indictment, prosecutors said Winfrey appears holding an assault rifle in a Young Thug music video entitled “Halftime,” and the lyrics reference attacking Lil Wayne.
“Interestingly, the music video was not released until 6/8/15, which is nearly two months after the ‘shooting’ and nearly a week after Mr. Winfrey had turned himself in to authorities,” the appeal states. “Further, the Defendant did not say or sing anything on this music video. Lastly, there is no allegation that any of the purported victims of the Terroristic Threats ever saw this video or felt terrorized after seeing said video.”
Winfrey was being held without bond Thursday at the Cobb County jail.
Support real journalism. Support local journalism. Subscribe to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution today. See offers.
Your subscription to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution funds in-depth reporting and investigations that keep you informed. Thank you for supporting real journalism.