A jury in Los Angeles on Friday found Daystar Peterson, a Canadian rapper popularly known as Tory Lanez, guilty of shooting fellow artist Megan Thee Stallion in the feet after an argument over romantic relationships and related jobs in the summer of 2020.
Mr. Peterson, 30, was convicted of three counts: assault with a semiautomatic weapon, possession of a loaded, unregistered firearm in a motor vehicle and reckless discharge of a firearm. He faces more than 20 years in prison and could be deported.
The jury reached a verdict after nearly seven hours of deliberation over two days after a trial that lasted nearly two weeks. Mr. Peterson, who had been released on bail during the trial after a period of house arrest, was immediately taken into custody with sentencing expected to be officially delivered on January 27.
The court heard how Peterson shot and killed Meghan Thee Stallion, real name Megan Pitt, after the couple fell out in 2020.
At the trial, It was heard that rapper Megan, 27, insulted Tory Lanez and demanded that she get out of her luxury car before firing five shots at her.
Meghan, who spoke about the alleged shooting in a recent interview, testified that on the night of July 12, 2020, after an argument with Lanz, she got out of her car and drove away.
The court heard that the controversy occurred after a pool party at Kylie Jenner’s Hidden Hills mansion.
Megan told the court that when she turned around, she saw him with a gun in his hand.
Peterson faces more than 20 years in prison over footage in which the jury concludes he shot at Stallion’s feet in a fit of rage.
The jury reached its decision on the first full day of deliberation after two weeks of deliberations.
Pitt took to the stand last week and testified that Peterson shot her after the couple left a party at the home of Kylie Jenner, a member of the Kardashian clan, in the Hollywood Hills and began fighting.
The altercation began, she said, while she, Peterson, and friend Kelsey Harris were driving in Peterson’s SUV, and it was revealed to Harris that the two rappers had been romantically involved.
Peterson told the jury that she ended up asking to get out of the car on Nicholls Canyon Road. As she walked away, she claimed that Peterson yelled, “Dance, b-!” before he shot her. Although no other witnesses said they heard Peterson scream. Megan Thee Stallion was shot multiple times in the feet and had to undergo surgery to remove bullet fragments.