Young Thug Trial: Delay Declared After YSL Defendant Reportedly Stabbed In Jail

The Atlanta rapper’s trial is in its third week.

Young Thug’s trial over alleged racketeering and conspiracy in Georgia has reportedly been delayed after a co-defendant was stabbed in Fulton County Jail on Sunday night (December 10).

The New York Times that Shannon Stillwell, aka Shannon Jackson, was injured during an alleged attack on him. He is one of six defendants currently on trial in the case and was charged with conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), participation in criminal street gang activity, and two counts of murder.

“Currently, we do not have comprehensive details regarding the circumstances surrounding the attack, but we are diligently monitoring Shannon's condition,” a statement that Max Schardt, Stillwell’s lawyer, shared with Pitchfork, reads. “We do know that Shannon has a target on his back due to the false allegations in this RICO indictment. We remain committed to ensuring his safety with hopes to get him back home to his family.”

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Presiding Judge Ural Glanville called for the lawyers to return on Tuesday morning to determine how the trial will proceed after he initially took a recess due to a “medical issue” with a trial participant.

Judge Glanville reportedly filed two orders in Stillwell’s case once court adjourned on Tuesday. Those include Schardt and his colleagues being able to visit Stillwell at Atlanta’s Grady Hospital “to the extent that it is medically cleared,” with Stillwell required to be “kept separate from the other defendants in this case at all times” as soon as he’s in good health.

Fulton County prosecutors indicted Young Thug and several other affiliates In May 2022, alleging that YSL (aka Young Stoner Life) was not really a record label/music collective but rather a violent Atlanta gang called “Young Slime Life” that committed murders, carjackings, drug dealing and other crimes over a decade.

Thug stands accused of violating Georgia’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, a law based on the federal RICO statute previously used to target the mafia, drug cartels and other forms of organized crime. He also faces other related charges.

A full explainer of Young Thug’s case, including the admission of his lyrics to be used against him, is available here.

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