Jailhouse phone call may lead to charges for Birdman and Young Thug in Georgia

Photo credit: Birdman’s Instagram – @birdman5star

A rap beef that resulted in the shooting up of rapper Lil Wayne’s tour bus is back in the news after shocking details have emerged. Back in 2015, police in Cobb County, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta, responded to a report of shots fired after a concert.

Lil Wayne had just finished a late-night performance at the popular Atlanta venue The Compound and was traveling on I-285 when someone opened fire on two tour buses. Police later implicated Jimmy Carlton Winfrey, aka Peewee Roscoe, as the shooter. He was charged with aggravated assault, terroristic threats and acts, criminal damage, possession of a firearm by a felon, criminal gang activity, reckless conduct and discharging a weapon near the street. He pleaded guilty to five charges and was sentenced to 20 years, including 10 to serve in prison. But that conviction was overturned by the Georgia Supreme Court in a 2017 ruling that the Cobb County judge in the case improperly coerced Winfrey into taking a plea deal and accepting a 10-year prison sentence by threatening he would get more time if a jury convicted him in his court. According to news outlet WSB-TV, the Court of Appeals remanded the case back to Cobb County.

Now a jailhouse phone call from rapper Bryan “Birdman” Williams to Winfrey has become an issue that may result in charges for him and rapper Young Thug. In the call, Birdman says: “Time for you to come out here and get your money. You did everything you could do boss … it’s eye-opening. [It’s] strictly business, man.”

These comments are now a part of a Cobb County DA investigation as to whether Birdman and Young Thug will be charged as co-conspirators in the shooting that injured no one but caused $20K in damage to the tour bus. Further muddying the situation is a civil lawsuit that was filed by tour bus driver Alvin Lewis, who is suing Birdman and Young Thug alleging they conspired in the shooting that caused him pain and suffering. In addition, lawyers for Lewis claim that Birdman had promised Winfrey $250K and a Porsche.

Audio of the call can be heard in the video below.

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Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.