A Louisiana choose has refused to set any bond for rapper Mystikal, who’s accused of raping and choking a lady at his residence exterior Baton Rouge.
State District Judge Steven Tureau dominated on Tuesday that proof in opposition to 51-year-old Michael Tyler, his previous historical past and the sufferer’s fears met the usual for holding him with out jail, The Advocate reported.
Tyler served six years in jail after pleading responsible in 2003 to sexual battery. In December 2020, prosecutors in Caddo Parish, in northwest Louisiana, dropped rape and kidnapping fees that had saved him jailed for 18 months.
He was not convicted of different fees, together with marijuana possession and misdemeanor home violence, that had been introduced in opposition to him for the reason that mid-Nineties, the newspaper reported.
Defense legal professional Roy Maughan Jr., who had requested for $250,000 bond, maintained that Tyler is harmless of the newest fees, together with rape and home abuse battery by strangulation. But he instructed the newspaper after the listening to that Tyler in all probability gained’t attraction the bond ruling.
Maughan tried unsuccessfully to get the courtroom document to mirror that Tyler made all of his courtroom dates in these circumstances and, as a star, would have a tough time evading seize if he fled. He had been launched on $3 million bond in February 2019, practically two years earlier than the Caddo Parish fees have been dropped.
Mystikal, who grew up in New Orleans and now lives in Prairieville, is accused of attacking the lady, taking her keys and holding her in opposition to her will, in accordance with an arrest warrant.
Sheriff’s Detective Garrett Keith testified Tuesday that the lady went to Tyler’s residence about 8 p.m. Saturday to speak about alleged monetary commitments he had made to her.
He stated the lady reported that Tyler’s habits modified abruptly after he went into the lavatory and returned: He accused her of stealing money, choked her and pulled out her hair, Keith testified.
Tyler later apologized, prayed along with her and threw rubbing alcohol on her to cleanse her “bad spirits” earlier than raping her, Keith testified.
Maughan’s cross-examination tried to point out that the prayer and apology indicated that issues have been calmer and the lady wasn’t afraid, the newspaper reported.
Keith later instructed prosecutors that the lady was “praying for her safety” and didn’t know what Tyler stated.
The girl was reduce and bruised, and deputies discovered a few of her braids, an earring and a damaged nail in the home, the detective stated. Some wounds have been in step with rape, he stated.
Maughan additionally cross-examined Keith about whether or not and the way the lady had objected to intercourse. Keith quoted her as saying Tyler’s threats had made her afraid to object at first, however she later clearly instructed him “no.”