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Mystikal Pleads Not Guilty To Rap Charges Set To Stand Trial

Mystikal will be standing trial for rape and kidnapping charges after pleading not guilty.

The New Orleans rapper, real name Michael Lawrence Tyler, entered a not-guilty plea when he appeared in Caddo District Court on Monday, the NY Daily News reported. The rap veteran, 46, is currently facing charges of first-degree rape and second-degree kidnapping. His bond is set at $3 million and so far he has been unable to make bail, but he hopes to have the amount reduced when he appears in court again on January 18.

Mystikal turned himself in to police on August 21st this year after a woman filed a police report claiming that he held her against her will and raped her. Police in Shreveport, La. issued a warrant for his arrest and he turned himself in.

The incident allegedly took place outside of a local casino in Shreveport last year. Two other suspects linked to the case were also identified and arrested. Averweone Holman was arrested on August 18 and charged with first-degree rape and second-degree kidnapping.

A woman name Tenichia Wafford was also booked for obstruction of justice after she allegedly tried to get the witness to drop the case. Mystikal and his co-accused says that they are innocent of the crime, Holman bail was set at $2 million. He faces decades in prison if found guilty of the charges.

Mystikal Indicted On Rape Charge Bail Increased To $3 Million

Mystikal could be heading back to prison after getting indicted on rape and kidnapping charges.

The Louisiana rapper’s bail was also increased to $3 million up from $2 million. Last month, his attorney filed legal docs asking a judge to reduce his bail because he was too broke to foot the $2 million bill, but now it turns out that he will unlikely see the light of day with another million dollars tacked onto his bond. Just how serious his legal troubles are right now, very serious. In August, the No Limit rapper turned himself in after a warrant was issued for his arrest. He is maintaining his innocence, but so far police say they have DNA evidence linking him to the crime.

Mystikal, whose real name is Michael Lawrence Tyler, could be given a life sentence if he is convicted on the charges of first-degree rape and second-degree kidnapping. KSLA News reported that the rapper was indicted on Wednesday on one count of first-degree rape and one count of second-degree kidnapping. These two charges are for very serious crimes. His alleged accomplice 26-year-old Averweone Darnell Holman was also indicted on the same charges that Mystikal was indicted on. Holman bail was also increased to $3 million. Tenichia Monieck Wafford, a 42-year-old woman from Harker Heights, TX, was indicted for obstruction of justice and her bail was set at $500,000.

According to a police report, Wafford attempted to get the victim to rescind her story about being raped by Mystikal and Holman. Wafford also claimed that the victim lied about the story to protect her boyfriend whom she lied to spend the night with another man. As for the case against Mystikal and Holman, investigators say their DNA was recovered from the crime scene In 2003, Mystikal copped a plea deal for sexual battery and was sentenced to six years in prison. He was released in January 2010 and was forced to register as a sex offender in Louisiana and placed on five years of probation. Now he found himself in a much more serious sexual offense, rape, where he could be given a life sentence if found guilty.

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