Preliminary Hearing For Young Calicoe Over Felony Dog Fighting Charges Today

AllHipHop Staff

(AllHipHop News) Detroit rapper Young Calicoe is slated to make his first court appearance today (November 27), over animal fighting and gambling charges.

The rapper, born Toranio Hightower, is charged with conspiracy to gamble, animal fighting and conspiracy to commit animal fighting.

The charges came after a video surfaced on the Internet, that featured a cockfighting operation in a Detroit home.

After Detroit authorities got wind of the animal fighting ring/gambling operation, they raided a home and found eight dogs, three roosters and three hens.

Although Young Calicoe has been quiet since the Detroit Police Department began their investigation, a defense attorney in the case believes that the video in question was simply a harmless skit.

"Tells others to look at rap videos and see who you can convict, based just on what you see," attorney Daryl Eason told

"You saw a happy, healthy pit bulls in the video," said Eason, who represents two other defendants in the case.

If convicted on all charges, Young Calicoe faces 13 years in prison.