CIVIC CENTER — A Manhattan judge set hearing dates for the trials of rappers Bobby Shmurda and Rowdy Rebel, who were indicted in December on gun, drug and shooting charges in connection to an East Flatbush gang.
The first hearing will take place on June 25, Judge James Burke said Wednesday morning in Manhattan Supreme Court. Because there are so many defendants in the case, he said it’s likely they’ll be tried in different groups.
Attorneys for Rebel, real name Chad Marshall, and Shmurda, real name Ackquille Pollard, asked Burke to include their clients in the first group because they’re “trying to advance this as much as possible,” said Javier Solano, who represents Marshall.
“My guess is Mr. Marshall will be case number one,” Burke replied.
Marshall and Pollard appeared in court separately around 11 a.m. Wednesday. Marshall stuck his tongue out and smiled to a group of supporters who laughed as he walked to the defense table. Pollard was more reserved, making little eye contact with those in the courtroom as he stood by his attorney, Kenneth Montgomery, a long silver cross visible over his jumpsuit.
Both men are each being held on $2 million bail, an “absolutely ridiculous” number, according to Montgomery. Marshall is being held at a detention center in Queens, according to Department of Correction records. The department moved Pollard from Rikers Island to protective custody in Lower Manhattan in January.