AceShowbiz - Tekashi69 a.k.a. 6ix9ine's kidnapper Anthony "Harv" Ellison has requested a new trial for his criminal acts as part of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods gang. Back in October, Harv was found guilty of various crimes, including for kidnapping and robbing the rapper in July 2018.
On Monday, his legal team filed a motion to get the guilty verdict thrown out. According to Complex, in a memo supporting their motion for a new trial, attorneys Deveraux Cannick and Calvin Scholar argue there was insufficient evidence to connect Ellison to Nine Trey's criminal acts.
The attorneys claim that 6ix9ine, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, "had no credibility" to testify as a key witness in the trial, "especially in light of the fact that he orchestrated a bizarre series of events that culminated in him taking pictures at a hospital after the alleged kidnapping which he then immediately sent to TMZ." The court papers continue to read, "Hernandez said he wanted to make a movie out of the kidnapping that would be better than the movie 'Straight Outta Compton'. Hernandez' testimony and the jury verdict that resulted should give the Court pause."
Ellison has previously accused 6ix9ine of faking the kidnapping for a publicity stunt, and now he also claims that the "FEFE" hitmaker lied about his beef with Trippie Redd. The lawyers state in the papers, "During trial, the government elicited testimony that Mr. Ellison was first hired as security after coming to the defense of Mr. Hernandez during a staged publicity 'beef' between Hernandez and a rapper named Trippie Redd. The evidence was more than sufficient to establish that the 'beef' between Hernandez and Redd was a publicity stunt."
They go on arguing, "The two rappers made songs about one another. Moreover, Redd's own manager sent Redd's location to Hernandez ostensibly so that there could be some type of staged confrontation... After coming to Hernandez' defense at the staged publicity event, Mr. Ellison became Hernandez' bodyguard and part of Hernandez' entourage."
Another Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods gang member, Aljermiah "Nuke" Mack, who was also convicted in October, filed the same motion for an acquittal on Monday. Mack was found guilty of racketeering conspiracy and narcotics trafficking. He could spend up to 20 years in prison and is scheduled to get his sentence on February 19.
As for Ellison, he was found guilty of kidnapping the rapper, but acquitted of using a weapon during the July 2018 abduction. He was also found guilty of racketeering conspiracy, maiming and assault. He faces life behind bars when he is sentenced on February 26, 2020.
6ix9ine was arrested on racketeering charges in November 2018. He pled guilty to nine charges and faced a minimum of 47 years in prison, but he cut a deal in return for his full cooperation. He reportedly has turned down an offer to get into the witness protection program once he's released in hopes of getting back to the music industry.