In a Manhattan courtroom yesterday, Tekashi 6ix9ine pleaded not guilty to the six charges of racketeering, armed robbery and other criminal activities that were filed against him and five of his former associates.
But it’s still a long time until justice is served.
Judge Paul Engelmayer has set the trial to begin on September 4, 2019, which means 6ix9ine—real name Daniel Hernandez—may remain behind bars for another year or so. He had already been moved out of a Brooklyn federal prison to a facility in Queens, with authorities citing safety concerns as the primary reason.
During the hearing, the US Attorney’s Office also added that the initial indictment was only the beginning. The investigation is still ongoing, and Hernandez’s cell phones and Instagram account will be used as evidence.
“It’s quite voluminous,” Assistant US Attorney Michael Longyear was reported as saying about the latter. That’s putting it mildly, considering 6ix9ine has frequently boasted on social media about his Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods cred.
Hernandez’s former manager Kifano “Shotti” Jordan, Jamel “Mel Murda” Jones, Jensel “Ish” Butler, Faheem “Crippy” Walter and Fuguan “Fu Banga” Lovick are the other defendants in the case.
Read the full indictment here.