Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis calls the indictment and arrest of Atlanta rapper Young Thug 'a victory against crime'. Willis held a news conference Tuesday a day after the arrest of the rapper whose real name is Jeffery Lamar vWilliams. The award-winning hip-hop artist was taken into custody Monday at his home in the affluent Buckhead section of Atlanta.
Young Thug and 27 others are named in a 56-count indictment. Another rapper Gunna, is also included. His real name is Sergio Giavanni Kitchens. The charges in the indictment range from gun and drug possession to murder.
While Young Thug is alleged to have participated in criminal street gang activity and conspiring to violate the state of Georgia's criminal racketeering law, the indictment includes even more serious allegations. Williams is also accused of renting the vehicle that was used in the 2015 drive-by shooting death of Donovan Thomas Jr., identified as a rival gang member.
Christian Eppinger, the alleged shooter in the wounding of Atlanta police officer David Rodgers in February, is also named in the indictment. Eppinger has been described as a 'documented gang member'.
Williams' attorney Brian Steel is quoted as insisting that his client is innocent. "We will fight this case ethically, legally and zealously." Steel adding that Young Thug "will be cleared."