A Baton Rouge judge refused Monday to revoke or increase a local rapper’s $1.82 million bond on seven attempted first-degree murder counts after a prosecutor argued Lit Yoshi is treating his house arrest in south Florida as a “paid vacation.”
State District Judge Tarvald Smith, however, added two hours to Mieyoshi Tyree Edwards’ curfew in the Miami area, making it 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. rather than 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. EST.
Rapper Lit Yoshi was released from jail this week after posting a $1.82 million bond, court records show.
The judge also said Edwards, 22, must confine his movements to a 10-mile radius of the confidential address where he is staying.
East Baton Rouge Parish Assistant District Attorney Stuart Theriot had argued during a hearing Monday that Edwards was violating the terms of his house arrest and curfew by moving around the Miami area late at night, going to the beach and even riding jet skis.
“This is not a paid vacation,” Theriot told the judge.
Edwards’ attorney, Ron Haley, argued against a bond revocation or increase and said his client was merely confused over whether he was under strict 24-hour house arrest or a curfew.
Smith found that Edwards has committed technical violations of his bond conditions.
“Mr. Edwards, you sir are under house arrest,” the judge sternly reminded him. “I have concerns about you being out in the Miami area, especially the South Beach area. You are not to go to Biscayne Bay, South Beach. You’re not to get on a jet ski.
“You are not down there on a vacation. You’re down there for your damn safety,” he added.
Edwards is allowed to record music but cannot make any social media postings. He also cannot appear in any videos and is prohibited from having firearms at his residence.
Edwards previously received permission from Smith to move to south Florida. The judge said at that time that the rapper needs to stay away from Baton Rouge except for family emergencies and court dates.
Edwards, who wore a wrist monitoring device during his court appearance Monday, will return to court in Baton Rouge on Feb. 25.
He was freed from jail in early August after posting a $1.82 million bond set by Smith.
Edwards has pleaded not guilty to the seven counts of attempted first-degree murder stemming from two shootings this year that left three adults and two young children injured.
Baton Rouge rap artist Lit Yoshi pleaded not guilty Monday to multiple counts of attempted first-degree murder in two shootings, on April 6 an…
Law enforcement officers testified at Edwards’ bond hearing in late July that the shootings — a Juy 4 drive-by shooting and another shooting April 6 — were the result of an ongoing feud between the rival TBG (Top Boy Gorilla) and NBA (Never Broke Again) rap groups. Officers described the groups as gangs.
Edwards is a member and “top enforcer” of TBG, officers said.
Baton Rouge rapper Kentrell Gaulden, who