Mystikal denied bond following arrest on rape, battery charges

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Mystikal was denied bond following his recent arrest on charges of rape and battery, among others. The rapper was accused of attacking a woman at his home on Saturday, taking her car keys and holding her against her will.

The Advocate reports Mystikal’s defense attorney, Roy Maughan Jr., maintained his client’s innocence and asked for $250,000 bail. State District Judge Steven Tureau determined the rapper should remain in jail until trial, citing the evidence in the current case, the victim’s fears and Mystikal’s criminal history.

Mystikal, born Michael Lawrence Tyler, is a lifetime registered sex offender. He previously served six years in jail in connection to a 2003 incident for which he pleaded guilty to sexual battery and extortion. He later spent 18 months in jail while facing rape and kidnapping charges, which were dropped in December 2020 due to a lack of evidence.

Mystikal’s also been arrested numerous times in relation to marijuana possession, misdemeanor domestic violence and first-degree rape but walked away with no conviction. 

According to testimony from Sheriff’s Detective Garrett Keith, the accuser, who was in a long-term relationship with Mystikal, went to his home to discuss financial matters when things went downhill. He allegedly accused her of stealing his money before abusing her, using prayers and rubbing alcohol to remove her “bad spirits” and raping her.

Prosecutors argued that Mystikal is likely to repeat a similar crime given his criminal record, but Maughan argued that his celebrity status would make it difficult to evade authorities. He also noted his client’s perfect attendance in court and that he hasn’t been convicted for any other crimes outside the 2003 case. Maughan objected to the judge’s decision, but an appeal is unlikely, The Advocate reports.

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