Lanez apparently wanted to plead his case to jurors during the 10-day trial in Los Angeles, but ultimately did not. In the end he was found guilty on all three counts – including charges of aggravated assault and firearms – and now faces up to 22 years and eight months in prison and deportation to Canada.
Prosecutors were prepared to present a range of evidence for impeachment if Tory took the stand, including his alleged assault by August Alsina in September 2022 and his “CAP” music video where he played a butcher chopping up a horse leg in an alleged reference to Megan.
Those who testified at trial were Megan Thee Stallion, her former friend and assistant Kelsey Harris and one neighbor who claims to have witnessed the shootingwhich took place after a party at Kylie Jenner’s house in the Hollywood Hills in July 2020.
During her turn on the witness stand, Megan emotionally recalled her “frightened” reaction to seeing Tory brandishing a gun and fired shots at her, as well as the “torture” she endured after making the allegations public.
Tory Lanez’s new lawyer, David Kenner – who successfully defended Snoop Dogg in his 1996 murder trial — said he could not discuss alleged “errors” that will be the basis for a new trialbut was optimistic about his chances of overturning his client’s convictions.
“I welcome the addition of Jose Baez to the defense team,” he said, referring to the other recent powerful addition to Tory’s legal team. “It is our collective view that, based on a motion for a new trial and, if necessary, an appeal, we will ultimately be successful in exonerating Tory Lanez.”
He added: “There is another side to the story during the trial that has not yet been told and we look forward to doing so.”
81-year-old Kenner is also widely known for formerly represented Suge Knight. Speaking by phone from the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego County, Suge spoke highly of Kenner, believing he would not be in prison if he represented him in Hit-and-run case in 2015 that earned him a 28-year prison sentence.
“If they’d let me use David Kenner, I wouldn’t be having this conversation from prison with you,” the Death Row Records co-founder claimed, before commiserating with Megan Thee Stallion. “I understand what Megan is going through, because when Tupac and I got shot in Vegas.
“I got a fragment and a bullet an inch to my skull today. They didn’t remove it because they said if it went another inch I would have been a vegetable or dead. So I know what it’s like, when people say, ‘You didn’t get shot, this didn’t happen, she’s lying.’ They accused me of things (too).”
Suge also said he feels for Tory Lanez, who has been behind bars since he was found guilty on Dec. 23 and is to be sentenced on February 28.
“Right now Tory is probably going through [the] worst days in life because the county jail [is] so horrible and dirty,” he said. “The food is garbage, the cell is freezing, it’s dirty and ugly. You can be sitting in your bed at night and a rat might run across your chest or it might bite you, cockroaches are all over your bed.”