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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.

83 COMMENTS

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1.

Tim    

Street justice or some such I guess.

571 days ago
2.

NOT ELMO    

lock him up !

571 days ago
3.

Liz085    

If a video isn't enough, I don't know what is?

571 days ago
4.

Cee    

He is chicken s*** for not testifying.

571 days ago
5.

WTF    

These two deserve each other. Two hoods from the hood.

571 days ago
6.

NobodySpecial    

Stupid thug culture. These guys wont talk to cops because they call it "snitchin". Stupid idiot will probably try to stick up the same guy and nothing will come of it.

571 days ago
7.

D. Potter    

POS...

571 days ago
8.

Adrienne    

unbelievable!

571 days ago
9.

Atlgb    

Kids, that was a very poorly staged PUBLICITY STUNT. And it was a miserable FAIL because nine months after the fact, Gunplay (heh) is still an unheard of NOBODY.

571 days ago
10.

Sir Boo    

I am stunned.

571 days ago
11.

Melissa1987    

maybe when he kills someone they will realize their mistake

571 days ago
12.

Cheryl A.    

The laws must change. Too often victims are afraid for their lives and refuse to press charges but there is video proof here that should NOT be thrown away.
The word "Autopsy" means, 'to see with your own eyes' They need to see with their own eyes. It's not a grainy picture, the faces and displays are fully visible but the accountant is afraid to talk and that is wrong and sad.

571 days ago
13.

Drew Hall    

They are a match made in heaven. Maybe they could have a child together.

571 days ago
14.

Youphemism    

It sounds as if this is standard operating procedure according to the law. If that's true, then the judge's decision was correct, but the law needs to be changed. I seriously doubt there is any question that this video is authentic, with or without the victim's cooperation. In such cases, prosecution should go forward and usually be successful, given that it can survive any defense challenges to the video's authenticity.

571 days ago
15.

Mazor    

The only gun problem in this country is that we go way to easy on the blacks that are committing all the gun crimes.

571 days ago
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