Baton Rouge Lawyer Indicted Over Trill Ent. Shooting Case

(AllHipHop News) A lawyer who represented Baton Rouge Hip-Hop label Trill Entertainment was in court yesterday, to answer allegations that he interfered in an attempted-murder probe involving Trill’s CEOs. Baton Rouge lawyer Peter Q. John is accused of interfering with a criminal probe, for allegedly attempting to have attempted murder charges against Trill’s Melvin Vernell Jr. and Marcus Roach dismissed. Both Vernell and Roach are accused of shooting rapper Bruce “Beelow” Moore, in face on July 4th, 2005. Beelow was the owner of Shop Smart Music and Fashions. He was shot in the face outside of his Baton Rouge store, for allegedly bootlegging recordings by Trill Entertainment artists, including Webby and Lil Boosie. Vernell and Roach allegedly harassed witnesses involved with the case and the charges against the men were dropped, allegedly at Beelow’s request. John then negotiated a settlement with Beelow and two other men injured in the shooting.Prosecutors also accuse the self-proclaimed “Thugs Lawyer” conspiracy, obstruction of justice, perjury and theft, alleging that he had access to advanced information in the grand jury proceedings.John is also accused of presenting false information designed to clear Vernell and Roach of the attempted murder charges. According to John, prosecutors failed to present enough evidence to the grand jury, facts which would have shown that he legally negotiated a settlement with the two victims. And although the initial charges against Vernell and Roach were dropped because prosecutors took too long to try the case, the pair will stand trial for a second time. The most serious charge of attempted murder has been dismissed but the two Trill executives are still accused of aggravated battery, aggravated assault with a firearm and possession of an illegal firearm by a convicted felon.The label’s marquee artist, Lil Boosie, is also in serious legal trouble. In June, the rapper pleaded not guilty for his alleged role in the December 2009 shooting death of a man in Baton Rouge. Police are investigating Lil Boosie for as many as five murders, including the death of rapper Christopher “Nussie” Jackson. Both Vernell and Roach are currently free on $350,000 bond. Lil Boosie remains incarcerated on a 1st degree murder charge, for his alleged role in Nussie’s death.