Kiari Kendall Cephus, a member of the rap group Migos who is being held without bond after police say they found guns and drugs in the group's vans during a concert in Statesboro in April, pled not guilty during an arraignment Monday to additional charges stemming from a fight in the Bulloch County Jail.
Jailed after the April 18 Spring Bling concert at Georgia Southern University, Cephus, known by the stage name "Offset," was initially denied bond due to a previous criminal record. While in jail, he initiated a fight with another inmate May 2 and racked up more charges - battery and causing a riot in a penal institution.
Cephus' attorney, Drew Finely, of Atlanta, did not appear for court Monday morning, but Statesboro attorney Sims Lanier stepped in and handled Cephus' arraignment "as a courtesy" so the matter would not be postponed, Lanier said.
The last time Cephus was in court, during a bond hearing May 8 before Bulloch County Superior Court Judge John R. Turner, he cursed loudly after Turner announced that he was denied bond. However, on Monday, Cephus quietly entered the courtroom and was barely audible as he spoke his plea.
After the April 18 concert at GSU's Hanner Fieldhouse, 15 people were arrested, including the band's entire entourage as well as the two other Migos members, Kirshnick Khari Ball, known by the stage name "Takeoff," and Quavious Keyatz Marshall, known by the stage name "Quavo."
Ball and Marshall were released on bonds of $10,000 each, according to jail records. All three were charged with marijuana possession, possession of a schedule II controlled substance, carrying a weapon in a school safety zone (felony) and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
Cephus and six others were denied bond at first by the Ogeechee Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office. Turner granted bond to all but three, including Cephus, during the May 8 hearing.
During his argument for bond denial May 8, Assistant District Attorney Barclay Black gave details of the May 2 jail fight in which Cephus was involved.
Bulloch County sheriff's reports stated Bradley Collin Weathers of Statesboro suffered visible injuries and that he was not charged in the fight. Black said Weathers never "threw a lick" during the attack.
Cephus was returned to the Bulloch County Jail Monday to await further court appearances.
Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.