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Published on May 28, 2024
Young Thug's RICO Trial in Atlanta Faces Delay After Co-defendant Stabbing Incident in JailSource: Google Street View

The ongoing RICO trial involving Jeffery Williams, better known as rapper Young Thug, was subjected to yet another hiccup on Monday, following a stabbing incident involving one of the co-defendants. Atlanta's Fulton County Superior Court had to delay proceedings when defendant Shannon Stillwell was reportedly attacked by another inmate, according to Hoodline. Judge Ural Glanville cited a "medical issue" as the cause for the adjournment, instructing the jury to return the next day.

Stillwell, also known as Shannon Jackson or "SB," found himself on the sharp end of multiple stabs on December 10th, inflicted by inmate Willie Brown. Reports from Fulton County Sheriff's Office state that Stillwell is stable, but the motive behind the assault within the jail remains a mystery. Brown, in custody since July 2020, faces his own slew of charges, including aggravated assault, murder, and cruelty to children. Complicating matters, Stillwell's alleged involvement in YSL's criminal activities, ties him into Young Thug's case, which anchors on the feud that followed after the 2015 murder of Donovan Thomas Jr., Atlanta News First outlines.

With the trial back in session after the six-month milestone, it continues to be dogged by delays and drama. Williams, a renown musical artist, faces significant charges under Georgia's RICO law, which doesn't require the alleged criminal enterprise to be as longstanding as its federal counterpart. His attorneys dispute claims that he helms the gang prosecutors portray, instead arguing his Young Stoner Life label is purely a musical endeavor. However, the prosecution allegedly has over 100 witness testimonies yet to present, which could prolong the trial considerably.

The case garners widespread attention due to the high profile of Young Thug, and this latest incident within the jailhouse walls only escalates tensions and interest in the case's outcome. Despite the setbacks, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Ural Glanville has voiced frustration over the trial's pace, pushing both defense and prosecutors to streamline their proceedings. Young Thug remains charged with numerous counts, including drug distribution, firearm possession, and leading a gang, all of which he vehemently denies.