The trial of rapper Kid Creole has begun in New York City, with his lawyer telling a jury that it was in self-defense when hip-hop pioneer stabbed a homeless man in 2017.
NEW YORK – The trial of rapper Kid Creole has begun in New York City, with his lawyer telling a jury that it was in self-defense when a hip-hop pioneer stabbed a homeless man to death in 2017.
The artist, a founding member of Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five, is charged with murder and goes to trial in a Manhattan criminal court on Friday.
Prosecutors say the rapper, whose real name is Nathaniel Glover, angrily stabbed John Jolie twice in the chest because he thought Jolly was gay and hit him. Shortly before midnight on August 1, 2017, Glover was stabbed while walking to his maintenance work in Midtown Manhattan and Jolly asks him “what’s up?” Authorities said.
“Ladies and gentlemen, this is New York City. It’s twelve o’clock at night. Who’s saying ‘what’s up?’ Do you have good intentions? ” Glover’s lawyer, Scott Celestine, told the jury. “His fears for his life were justified.”
Celestine added that Jolly died not from a stab wound, but from a dose of the sedative benzodiazepine given to her at a hospital.
Assistant District Attorney Mark Dahl told the jury that Glover confessed to police and did not stab Jolie in self-defense, but was angry because he thought Jolie was hitting him.
“The defendant confessed that he pulled out a kitchen knife and repeatedly stabbed a stranger in the street, killing him,” Dahl said. “Was there anything that would stop him from running away from Mr. Jolie?” No. “
Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five are best known for their 1982 rap song “The Message”. The group was formed in the Bronx in the late 1970’s and became the first rap act to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.
The hearing will resume on Monday.