Young Thug co-defendant Kahlieff Adams, who was accused of giving drugs to the rapper in courtwas “tazed multiple times,” a YSL defense attorney has claimed.
According to WSB-TVattorney Surinder K. Chadha Jimenez, who represents one of Thug and Adams’ 12 other co-defendants, filed a motion on Friday (Jan. 20) about what happened after the alleged drug exchange on Wednesday (Jan. 18).
In the new court document, Jimenez also requested that an independent law enforcement agency, such as the Georgia Bureau of Investigations, review the entire incident to determine not only whether Young Thug and Kahlieff Adams committed a crime, but also whether Fulton County Sherriff’s deputies used excessive force .
According to an earlier motion filed by Fulton County District Attorney Fanny Willisa closed-circuit camera captured the moment Wednesday in which Adams allegedly walked up to Thug, who was sitting next to his lawyer, and handed him a Percocet tablet.
EXCLUSIVE: My colleague @MarkWinneWSB just obtained surveillance video showing the moment prosecutors accuse Young Thug and his co-defendant Kahlieff Adams of conducting a “hand-to-hand” drug deal in court.@wsbtv pic.twitter.com/smhVopvH7x
— Michael Seiden (@SeidenWSBTV) 19 January 2023
After confiscating the pill from the Young Stoner Life Records executive, authorities proceeded to take Adams to a back room, where they searched him and discovered additional Percocet pills, marijuana, tobacco and other unspecified contraband.
Authorities claimed the defendant was taken to nearby Grady Memorial Hospital after trying to consume some of the items he was carrying, but Jimenez offered a different account of events.
“Shortly after Mr. Adams is taken to the rear holding cells, while the undersigned attorney, his client and several other people in the courtroom could hear loud bangs and yelling coming from the holding area where Mr. Adams was being held,” the defense attorney wrote. “While the disturbance was taking place, several officers ran into the courtroom and entered the holding area where Mr. Adams was being held.”
He continued: “The undersigned attorney observed at least two officers remove their belts and firearms and then rush into the holding area. The sounds were disturbing to many in the courtroom and at one point the Honorable Angela D’Williams asked to go to the back to check on her client, but was not allowed. The undersigned attorney and possibly other individuals were concerned for the defendants’ safety.”
The motion further insinuated that the entire exchange could affect the jury selection process, as potential jurors could hear the same sounds from the hallway where they waited outside the courtroom.
Surinder K. Chadha Jimenez added that he believes part of the reason Kahlieff Adams was rushed to the hospital was because he had been tased several times while in the holding area.
As a result of the disruption, Wednesday’s jury selection hearing was adjourned early, preventing the court from considering potential juror hardships — requests by potential jurors to be excused due to physical or financial problems that may arise as a result of their participation in the trial , which is expected to last up to a year.
In an interview with WSB-TV On Thursday, shared via Twitter by reporter Michael Seiden, Young Thug’s attorney Keith Adams maintained his client’s innocence.
“The reality is Mr. Williams had nothing to do with what went on in the courtroom yesterday,” the lawyer said. “On the way to the bathroom, one of the co-defendants tried to give something to Mr. Williams, who immediately handed it over to the deputy. He didn’t know what it was, handed it over to deputies immediately.”
Kahlieff Adams’ attorney Angela D’Williams has not issued a statement about the incident.
This is the second time a defendant in the ongoing YSL trial has been charged with attempting to smuggle contraband.
Tuesday (January 17), YSL rapper Yak Gotti’s mother was also arrested after she allegedly tried to give a bag filled with tobacco products and rolling papers to her son at the Fulton County Courthouse.