MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – A judge on Wednesday expressed concern over the alleged conduct of rapper HoneyKomb Brazy, but did not rule on a prosecution’s request to revoke the accused’s probation.
Brazy, real name Nahshon Jones, has pleaded not guilty to two new counts charging him with illegal possession of firearms and possession of marijuana.
He was on probation for a conviction in 2016 for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
Jones has been a figure of intense interest since his grandparents, Tony and Leila Lewis, died in February when someone shot at their Happy Hill home, which also caught fire. Police said an ongoing dispute between Jones and a rival may have led to the attack.
Sgt. Jeff Corley, who oversees the Mobile Police Department’s law enforcement team, testified that one of his officers stopped a car Jones was driving days after the homicide.
âWe were actually worried about his safety at the time,â he said.
Probation officer J. Taylor said on Wednesday that Jones was released from prison in November last year but did not appear on probation until February of this year. And the officer said that was the last time he had contact with Jones.
Prosecutors presented evidence showing that Jones lived in Texas and spent time in Georgia – even though he was not allowed to leave Alabama. His probation officer admitted that the defendant paid a fee to transfer probation to Texas, but added that the transfer request was not approved.
Prosecutors also attempted to argue that Jones violated probation rules by having guns. They have played many music videos showing him with various guns. But the defense argued that there was no evidence that these guns were real and pointed out that some of the videos contain disclaimers stating that the guns are only accessories.
The defendant’s mother-in-law, who goes about her business affairs, testified that she attended some of the music video tapes and can confirm that the guns were not real. âAbsolutely not,â she said. “They were props.”
Reshad McCall, whose company produced most of the music videos, also said the guns were fake, along with the money and drugs that appear in those productions.
âWe support everything. â¦ We are strict on this. We control everything, âhe said.
McCall added, âI personally ordered them. I have receipts for them.
Beyond the guns in the clips, prosecutors have shown social media posts that appear to show Jones with guns. The probation officer also testified about a shooting in Montgomery in November of last year. Video released in court shows Jones with three people armed with semi-automatic handguns with extended magazines. But Jones, himself, was unarmed in the video.
According to court records, police found 10 .45 caliber shell casings, 29 .233 caliber shell casings, 26 9mm shell casings and one bullet in the area of ââLower Wetumpka Road and Pickett Street. Officers also found four bullet holes in a building, court records show.
Video released in court shows the three men fighting back after someone fired at them from a dark-colored vehicle.
When asked about the incident, court records indicate Jones told authorities, “I’m a real gangster.”
Mobile County Circuit Judge Wesley Pipes said he was concerned about the incident.
âHe was basically a shootout in Montgomery,â he said.
Defense attorney Jeff Deen told FOX10 News after the hearing that his client was an entertainer in a genre that frequently referred to guns and drugs, but argued that it should not be. confused with real life.
âIt comes with the industry,â he said. âIt’s shocking to some of us, but that’s how they make their money. And it’s a very lucrative market, and this young man is very talented. He’s a go-getter.
Mobile County Deputy Chief Prosecutor Keith Blackwood told FOX10 News the revocation of probation was warranted.
“The state has presented compelling evidence that we believe the judge can revoke his probation,” he said.
The judge appeared to agree, although he has not officially ruled. Pipes pointed to testimony that Jones left the state, failed to show up with his probation officer and was in Dothan when authorities arrested him on a warrant issued by the judge.
âThere is a lot of evidence of leakage,â he said.
The judge also said that despite the dispute over the authenticity of the guns shown in the video clips, “This does not explain any of the guns and drugs in the social media posts.”
But Pipes also referred to a disagreement over whether Jones realized he was on probation when he was released from prison. Pipes had previously revoked Jones’ probation after separate allegations. But the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals overturned that decision.
The defense maintains that the judge did not specifically inform Jones that he was back on probation. This issue is now before the court of appeal. Pipes said this will play a central role in the current case.
“He has to be on probation for probation to be revoked,” he said.
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