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Rapper Troy Ave, who was indicted on one charge of second degree attempted murder and four counts of weapons possession in connection with his alleged involvement in the shooting at a T.I. concert at New York City’s Irving Plaza in May, was remanded to custody today in a New York City courtroom.
A bail hearing is set for July 1. Ave pleaded not guilty. In court, the rapper was in a wheelchair, having been shot during the same incident in which he’has been charged. Defense attorneys deny police claims Troy Ave shot himself. They say a bullet went through Ave’s right leg and then upwards into his left thigh, putting him a wheelchair.
Ave, whose birth name is Roland Collins, had waived his scheduled court appearance earlier this month. The rapper was indicted based on video which captured him allegedly shooting at people at Irving Plaza “with the intention or attempt to murder them.” Ave was’t charged in the death of his friend Ronald McPhatter, whom investigators believe was fatally shot in the venue’s green room.
“Nothing in this indictment is a surprise or new,” Ave’s attorney, Scott Leeman, said in a statement, “It’s the same wrong story that NYPD has been trying to portray. The video released does not show everything nor explain what happened in the VIP room before Troy came running out, as a victim, after he was shot.”
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