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Gunplay

Off Hook for Armed Robbery

... Despite Video Proof

2/25/2013 9:07 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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9:20 AM PT -- Gunplay tells TMZ, the first thing he's going to do now that the case is dismissed ... is roll a fat joint ... oh yeah, then spend time with his "loved ones."

He tells us, "Today I am grateful and blessed that the case was dismissed ... I plan on picking up where I left off with my music and making hits with my upcoming debut album ... The first thing I am going to do today is smoke a joint, relax, play video games, and just be with my loved ones."

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Rapper Gunplay is officially off the hook for robbing his accountant at gunpoint ... despite damning surveillance video that captured the whole incident ... all because the victim refuses to cooperate with authorities, TMZ has learned.

The Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office tells TMZ, "Video alone is not enough to convict an individual of a crime beyond a reasonable doubt." The office continues, "Although the armed robbery is captured on the victim's surveillance system, the victim, Turron Woodside, is uncooperative of the prosecution of this defendant Richard Morales [Gunplay]."

Officials say they need Woodside to authenticate the footage so they can use it as evidence against Gunplay, who was accused of pulling a gun on Woodside and stealing a cell phone and gold chain during the incident last fall.

Gunplay was charged with armed robbery and aggravated assault.

The State Attorney's Office says the judge subpoenaed Woodside but prosecutors were unable to find him in order to serve him. Officials say Woodside's family and co-workers have told the court "he's out of town and/or coping with a family death" along with other excuses.

The judge made it clear ... without Woodside's testimony, prosecutors couldn't make their case, and they were forced to drop the charges.

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61.

bart    

I think our society is getting upset and pissed off when celebrities break our laws and nothing happens to them. Time for our legal system to step up and throw these thugs in jail.

415 days ago
62.

Enlightened    

QUEEN said: "How is it that they NEED his testimony when they clearly have undeniable PROOF like this crystal clear video??! It honestly just makes no sense."

It is black letter law in most jurisdictions that taped evidence (audio or video) must be "authenticated" prior to its admission into the record. That means that there must be TESTIMONY as to how and when the tape came into existence (who set it up and on what date(s)? Who had access to it, on what date(s? This establishes a "chain of custody" (from the date of the taping, to the date the authorities took possession of the evidence, to the time it made it to the courtroom to be offered into evidence). This procedure protects a defendant from evidence tampering.

That said, the REALLY sad part of this mess is that, in any other civilized society, brandishing a gun and threatening to kill a man would be considered a BAD thing. Today, in what is laughably called the he "music" industry, threatening a human being with a gun will actually inure to "Gunplay's" benefit (!!!) He will be seen as MORE MARKETABLE and will likely sell MORE records because he threatened to kill someone. Can you imagine how sick and twisted we must be as a society to embrace this kind of thinking. And millions of young people, black and white, will now help to make this walking, breathing, lump of excrement called "gunplay" rich by buying his next cd. They will go to his concerts and cheer for him, with no regard for the kind of animal he has shown himself to be. Shame on the record companies that record or distribute his work. And shame on us, as a nation, for what we now allow ourselves to accept.

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