Bail Set At $350k For Trill Entertainment CEO’s


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May 20, 2009 |
Bail has been set in the case of two Trill Entertainment rap music executives accused of attempting to murder Baton Rogue area rapper Beelow.


Melvin Vernell Jr. and Marcus Roach, CEO’s of Trill Entertainment, are accused of the July 4, 2005 shooting of rapper Bruce “Beelow” Moore in front of the store he owned, Shop Smart Music and Fashion.
Trill Entertainment is best known for putting out hit singles like “Independent” by Webbie and Lil Boosie.
Vernell Jr. and Roach were arrested and held without bond on May 8th, the second time they have been arrested and charged with attempted murder since the violent shooting.
Yesterday (May 19) a judge set bail at $350,000 each and issued strict orders for both men to remain under house arrest from 7PM – 7AM.
They were also ordered to stay away from victims, witnesses, family members and anyone who might testify against them.
“If you see any of these people in a grocery store, you better leave. If you see any of them on one side of the street, you better get on the other side of the street,’’ Judge Michael Erwin told Vernell and Roach. “If you so much as sneeze in their direction, I’m going to put you in jail.”
Both men are charged with attempted second-degree murder, illegal use of weapons, aggravated battery, armed robbery, aggravated assault with a firearm and possession of an illegal firearm by a convicted felon.
Beelow was shot in the head after a dispute erupted over his allegedly bootlegging music by popular artists from New Orleans.
Beelow, who survived the shooting, returned fire and shortly afterwards, was taken to Earl K. Long Medical Center in a private automobile and treated for his wounds.
Sources have also reported that Lil Boosie and others at Trill Entertainment are being investigated in the murder of Baton Rogue rapper Chris Lynell Jackson, aka Nussie, who was found fatally wounded this past February.

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    Shooting suspects cite polygraphs
    Advocate staff writer
    Published: Nov 12, 2009 – Page: 5B
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    Attorneys for two local rap music executives accused of trying to kill a Baton Rouge rapper in 2005 say their clients have passed polygraph tests.
    Lewis Unglesby, who represents Marcus Roach, is asking a state judge to reduce Roach’s $350,000 bond and ease other restrictions placed on him.
    James Manasseh, who is defending fellow Trill Entertainment manager Melvin Vernell Jr., said Wednesday he intends to file a similar motion on Vernell’s behalf this week.
    Unglesby contends the results of an Oct. 23 polygraph exam are a strong indication that the weight of the evidence against Roach is “minimal’’ if not “non-existent.’’
    East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore III, who was out of town Wednesday and said he had not seen Unglesby’s motion, nevertheless stressed that he would have to question the polygraph.
    “We have a very strong case,’’ he added without elaborating.
    Roach and Vernell face multiple charges in the July 4, 2005, shooting of rapper Bruce “Beelow’’ Moore in front of Shop Smart Music and Fashion, a store he owned on North Sherwood Forest Drive.
    Moore survived the shooting.
    Roach and Vernell both posted $350,000 property bonds earlier this year and are being electronically monitored by ankle bracelets.
    State District Judge Mike Erwin gave Vernell, of Baton Rouge, and Roach, of Prairieville, permission in September to move to Atlanta.
    Prosecutors initially charged Roach and Vernell in September 2005 with attempted second-degree murder, armed robbery and illegal use of weapons in Moore’s shooting, but the charges were dropped a year later at the request of witnesses.
    Prosecutors filed a new bill of information against the two men in May, charging them with attempted second-degree murder, illegal use of weapons, aggravated battery, armed robbery, aggravated assault with a firearm and possession of an illegal firearm by a convicted felon.
    “We’re confident that the first decision to dismiss was correct,’’ Unglesby said Wednesday.
    In a motion filed Tuesday for reduction of Roach’s bail bond, Unglesby says polygraph tests that Roach and Vernell passed were administered by James R. Johnson III, an independent licensed polygraph examiner who also serves on the Louisiana State Polygraph Board.
    The Louisiana Supreme Court ruled in 1979 that polygraph results are inadmissible at a criminal trial on the merits. The high court, though, said such results have been admitted in a number of preliminary and post-trial criminal proceedings, including sentencing hearings, probation hearings, and motions to suppress.
    Roach and Vernell are due back in Erwin’s courtroom in mid-December for a motion hearing. Their trial is set for March 8.