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Prosecutors tried Add two new witness tampering charges to Tori Lanez’s criminal trial Monday, but they were thrown out by a judge who said they waited too long.

Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Cathy Tan filed her motion for new charges on Monday, citing California Penal Code 136.1, which makes it a felony to attempt to dissuade a witness.

“It is based on the testimony of both the victim and Ms. (Kelsey) Harris,” “statements made by the defendant in the car offering them a million dollars” to keep quiet about the July 12 shooting that wounded Megan in both legs. 2020 told the court.

Judge David Hereford responded by asking why prosecutors had waited so long, given that Meghan made the underlying allegation early in the case. Ta said he wasn’t sure how Harris was going to testify, but given that he appeared to corroborate Meghan’s claim when he took the witness stand, they decided to go for the alleged “$1 million bribe.”

Lanez’s defense attorney, George Mgdsian, objected Monday, saying prosecutors had known since September what Harris’ testimony would be, and the court agreed. Hereford said the late addition put the defense in a “difficult position” in terms of planning and response time.

“I think it’s unfair at this point, so I would deny that motion,” the judge said.

Lanez, whose legal name is Daystar Peterson and is a Canadian citizen, pleaded not guilty to three felonies in the high-profile case, including assault with a firearm causing great bodily injury; concealing a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle; and a recently added count of grossly negligent discharge of a firearm.

If charged as an accused, then Single Prom the rapper faces 22 years and eight months in prison and further deportation.

Earlier Monday, prosecutors failed to locate a key witness and asked the court for an extra day to present their case or to resume their arguments after a defense recess. Although the witness was not named, the source said Rolling Stone that prosecutors were referring to Meghan’s former bodyguard Justin Edison.

Over the weekend, Megan’s attorney, Alex Spiro, said Edison “disappeared” ahead of her expected testimony in the case. “He was scheduled to testify. He’s the kind of person who’s always online, responsive, and when he’s about to testify in a violent crime case, he disappears,” Spiro said.

In his opening statement last week, Deputy District Attorney Alexander Bott told jurors that Edison would stand trial and said he visited the Lanes’ home a day after the shooting and heard the rapper admit to being the arsonist.

“As the court sees, considerable due diligence has been done on this witness,” Tha insisted on Monday, asking for more time.

Judge Hereford signaled that he would allow prosecutors to refrain from restating their case as they sought their witness. “Okay, let’s see how far we can get,” he said.

Prosecutors then recalled two former witnesses before handing the reins to Peterson’s defense. LAPD Officer Sandra Cabral first returned to the stand to present police body camera footage of the officer stopping after the shooting. Jurors saw Harris put on handcuffs, cry and ask: “Megan, are you okay?” as Megan limped away to the ambulance, also in handcuffs.

Cabral said he did not see Torey Lanez’s “behavior” because he was handcuffed and standing with his head down, facing a wall.

On cross-examination, defense attorney George Mgdesian asked if Cabral remembered Lanez also expressing concern for Megan, saying: Prosecutors objected to the question and the judge agreed it was inappropriate, so the officer did not answer.

Prosecutors then called back a DA investigator to question her about a so-called diss track directed at Meghan that Harris released in November 2020 titled “Bussin Back.” They highlighted the words “You know it wasn’t me” and “All you had to do was clear your best friend’s name,” apparently to counter the defense theory that Harris could have been the shooter.

Mgdesian later subpoenaed Meghan’s former stylist Eric Culberson to testify about a party at Kylie Jenner’s house he attended with Meghan, Harris and Peterson before the shoot.

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Culberson, known professionally as AJ King, corroborated Harris’ previous testimony that Meghan and Harris left the Jenner home alone in a Cadillac Escalade with Peterson chauffeured before they allegedly returned to pick Peterson up a short time later. When she testified last week, Megan said she didn’t leave the party until she was able to convince Peterson to join her.

The stylist also said he never heard Meghan or Harris claim that Tori was carrying a gun, and that he didn’t see a firearm at any point on the night of the alleged shooting.



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