A lawyer who represented Baton Rogue Hip-Hop label Trill Entertainment was in court yesterday, to answer allegations that he interfered in an attempted-murder probe involving Trill’s CEOs.
Baton Rouge lawyer Peter Q. John is accused of interfering with a criminal probe, for allegedly attempting to have attempted murder charges against Trill’s Melvin Vernell Jr. and Marcus Roach.
Both Vernell and Roach are accused of shooting rapper Bruce “Beelow” Moore, in face on July 4th, 2005.
Beelow was the owner of Shop Smart Music and Fashions. He was shot in the face outside of his Baton Rouge store, for allegedly bootlegging recordings by Trill Entertainment artists, including Webby and Lil Boosie.
Vernell and Roach allegedly harassed witnesses involved with the case and the charges against the men were dropped, allegedly at Beelow’s request.
John then negotiated a settlement with Y and two other men injured in the shooting.
Prosecutors also accuse the self-proclaimed “Thugs Lawyer” conspiracy, obstruction of justice, perjury and theft, alleging that he had access to advanced information in the grand juryproceedings.
John is also accused of presenting false information designed to clear Vernell and Roach of the attempted murder charges.
According to John, prosecutors failed to present enough evidence to the grand jury, facts which would have shown that he legally negotiated a settlement with the two victims.
And although the initial charges against Vernell and Roach were dropped because prosecutors took too long to try the case, the pair will stand trial for a second time.
The most serious charge of attempted murder has been dismissed but the two Trill executives are still accused of aggravated battery, aggravated assault with a firearm and possession of an illegal firearm by a convicted felon.
The label’s marquee artist, Lil Boosie, is also in serious legal trouble.
In June, the rapper pleaded not guilty for his alleged role in the December 2009 shooting death of a man in Baton Rouge.
Police are investigating Lil Boosie for as many as five murders, including the death of rapper Christopher “Nussie” Jackson.
Both Vernell and Roach are currently free on $350,000 bond.
Lil Boosie remains incarcerated on a 1st degree murder charge, for his alleged role in Nussie’s death.
Big Boi’s taking flight on the cover of this edition of Rolling Out. The cover feature is available to readhere. Peep an excerpt below. Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty out now, damn it!
“The difference [with making this album] was the writing load,” Big Boi reveals. “When it’s me and Dre, I’d write maybe two verses and somebody would take care of the hook, and we would do the beat together. But when it’s just me, I write the verse and the hook, so the writing load was heavier. Dre and I have been working together and separately since the Aquemini album. We had our own separate home studios, so we would do records, put all our ideas down and then we would meet up at the studio with a gang of music, songs [and] lyrics and stitch them together. Now, all of the ideas are coming from me and various artists that I work with on the album. It’s not really a big difference because [Dre and I] are used to not working hip-to-hip all of the time.”