A preliminary listening to for George Harris, a 22-year-old Vallejo rapper charged with a 2019 gunshot slaying in Fairfield acquired underway Monday afternoon in Solano County Superior Court docket.
The listening to got here to an abrupt cease when Deputy District Legal professional Invoice Ainsworth appeared to recount some earlier statements made by Latoya Gilmore, whom he known as as his first witness made within the case, that she was “speaking to 911 and holding Rashied’s hand,” a reference to Rashied Flowers, 26, of Vallejo, who had allegedly been shot within the stomach by the defendant, Harris, on July 24 within the storage of a Fairfield residence.
Seeing Gilmore struggling, silent, and holding her head in her hand, Choose Carlos R. Gutierrez then recessed the listening to for quarter-hour.
On the outset of the listening to, at about 1:45 p.m. and anticipated to proceed for a minimum of one extra day, Gilmore recognized Harris, aka Lul G, and appeared to point that she didn’t witness the capturing however arrived on the residence to search out Flowers “on the bottom (within the storage) with folks standing round crying.”
She mentioned Flowers was “wounded within the stomach area,” that he was nonetheless respiration “however not shifting” when she first noticed him.
Gilmore testified that she known as the 911 operator however ultimately determined to drive Flowers to the hospital.
She additionally testified that Harris was within the storage after she arrived however, responding to Ainsworth’s query, appeared to not recall that Harris was positively there.
All through Ainsworth’s almost 45-minute inquiry, Harris’ protection legal professional, Claire J. White steadily objected to the prosecutor’s line of questioning, citing “imprecise” or “main” questions and “rumour,” with Gutierrez extra usually sustaining these objections.
Ainsworth requested Gilmore if she believed Harris was intoxicated whereas there on that summer time day.
She was uncertain, however added, “I do know they had been consuming; there was alcohol there.”
“Was George behaving in a different way than anybody else?” Ainsworth requested.
“He was most likely essentially the most upset,” replied Gilmore, suggesting that, actually, she ultimately seen his presence on the residence.
Shortly afterward, Gutierrez recessed the proceedings as a result of she grew to become deeply distressed when Ainsworth recounted her driving Flowers to the hospital.
Returning to the courtroom, White, in her cross-examination, acquired Gilmore to concede that she had by no means seen her consumer be violent with anybody and noticed “no battle or bodily altercation” when she pulled as much as the residence in her automobile. And Gilmore testified she had by no means seen Harris beneath the affect of any medication aside from alcohol.
Gilmore mentioned Flowers and Harris had been buddies and had by no means seen both one offended towards the opposite.
Afterward, Ainsworth known as Dr. Arnold Josselson, the longtime Fairfield pathologist who performs autopsies, to the stand.
Upon analyzing the physique two days after the capturing, Josselson mentioned a “single gunshot wound” to Flowers’ physique was deadly, with the “medium-caliber” bullet passing by way of components of the small gut and ending up in his proper hip space. The bullet additionally pierced considered one of Flowers’ two iliac arteries, the arteries that break up off from the aorta, the human physique’s major artery, with the sufferer dying from lack of blood.
All through the proceedings, Harris, clad in a striped jail jumpsuit, his intently cropped hair tied into a number of skinny braids trailing to the bottom of his neck, appeared to hear intently to the testimony and occasionally conferred with White, whispering to her on the protection desk.
The listening to is scheduled to renew at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in Division 9 within the Justice Heart in Fairfield.
Like many instances headed towards a jury trial within the final 18 months, the Harris case has skilled a sequence of delays, however not at all times due to the pandemic’s results.
On June 26 final yr, White knowledgeable Gutierrez that her consumer might not be capable to perceive the proceedings towards him or assist in his protection. She petitioned the choose for a psychological competency report.
On July 1, Gutierrez suspended prison proceedings towards Harris, ordered a psychological competency examination, and appointed a psychologist or psychiatrist to look at him.
Court docket data point out Gutierrez reviewed one other physician’s report in late August, which apparently deemed Harris competent, and Gutierrez reinstated prison proceedings on Aug. 28 by scheduling the preliminary listening to.
After the July 24 capturing loss of life of Flowers, Harris was arrested in Nevada, then extradited to Solano County.
Fairfield Police Division data state that Harris, a rising star within the Bay Space and nationwide rap scene when accused of killing Flowers, was arrested on Sept. 21 in Las Vegas. He’s being held with out bail on the Stanton Correctional Facility in Fairfield.
Harris pleaded not responsible at his jail arraignment on Sept. 23. Gutierrez denied a request from White to scale back her consumer’s bail on Dec. 18, in line with court docket data.
A late-October 2019 report on the KQED.org web site indicated Harris and Flowers had been acquainted and that Flowers was a fan of a Vallejo rap group of which Harris was as soon as a member, SOB x RBE.
The Solano County District Legal professional’s Workplace filed its criticism towards Harris, who has a previous felony conviction, on Aug. 29.
Harris gained fame as a member of SOB x RBE and was a part of the group when it had a breakout spot with “Paramedic!” on the “Black Panther” movie soundtrack in 2018, curated by Pulitzer Prize-winning rapper Kendrick Lamar.
What seems to be a number of choreographed and slickly produced movies on YouTube present group members brandishing firearms, flashing dozens of $100 payments, and cavorting round costly sports activities vehicles with younger girls.
However frequent break-up rumors and solo offers apparently hobbled the group, and Harris left SOB x RBE in 2018, later signing a take care of Def Jam data. He ultimately launched a video, “By Myself.”
Rolling Stone journal reported that Harris allegedly had been on probation since age 17, for armed theft and gun prices, however the DA’s criticism solely referred to a previous unspecified conviction and supplied no corroborating particulars.
If discovered responsible at trial of first-degree homicide, Harris may obtain a jail time period of 25 years to life, and sure extra time for utilizing a firearm.