Remy Ma, accused of shooting a friend in July over missing money, was ordered by a New York Supreme Court judge on Wednesday (December 5) to stand trial on charges of gang assault and witness tampering, the rapper’s lawyer told MTV News.
The charges stem from an incident in August where prosecutors say Remy Ma ordered a group of men to attack the boyfriend of Makeda Barnes-Joseph, who she is accused of shooting in July after a dispute that took place on a New York street. The man suffered a shattered jaw in the attack, according to The Associated Press.
Ivan Fisher, who is representing the rapper, attempted to have the court dismiss the gang-assault charges but said the court refused.
“She passed a polygraph test on the shooting, but the prosecutor isn’t interested in dismissing the charges,” Fisher told MTV News. “We’re going to trial.”
Remy Ma (real name: Reminisce Smith) will appear in court on January 3 for adjournment where prosecutors will decide whether to admit DNA evidence in the case. Fisher said at that time the judge will also disclose information regarding his client’s trial date.
Remy Ma was originally arrested in August for allegedly shooting Barnes-Joseph after the two had a dispute over money missing from the rapper’s belongings. Ma fled the scene but later turned herself in and was charged on counts of attempted murder, assault and weapon possession.
Barnes-Joseph was rushed to the hospital after the shooting and remained under the care of doctors for several days.
Remy Ma has vehemently denied shooting Barnes-Joseph and has claimed the two weren’t as close as the media had reported.
According to Barnes-Joseph, however, the two had been friends for more than 10 years. Barnes-Joseph has maintained that she and Ma left a mutual friend’s party together, and when Ma entered her car she angrily accused Barnes-Joseph of stealing close to $3,000 in cash and ordered her to dump out her purse. The two began arguing and she alleged Remy MaÃ‚Â then shot her.
Fisher denied the allegations.
“Hopefully we’ll be going to trial by the end of January, ” Fisher said.