For the third time, Bulloch County Superior Court Judge John R. "Robbie" Turner has denied bond for a rapper being held in jail for drugs, guns, battery and other charges.
Kiari Cephus, 23, of Brooks Forest Drive in Lawrenceville, also known as "Offset," a rapper with the group Migos, appeared in court Oct. 9 to seek bond for the third time since his arrest on drug and gun charges.
He was first arrested April 18, along with fellow Migos members Kirshnick Khari Ball, 20, of Saddle Shoals Drive in Lawrenceville, known by the stage name "Takeoff," and Quavious Keyatz Marshall, 24, of Rye House Court in Lawrenceville, known by the stage name "Quavo," as well as several members of their entourage.
The arrests came during the Spring Bling concert at Georgia Southern University after police smelled marijuana smoke coming from vans in which the band arrived. Officers found guns and illegal drugs in the vans.
Cephus, held without bond due to previous charges and convictions, racked up more charges after a May 2 incident in the Bulloch County Jail in which he reportedly caused a disturbance and physically attacked another inmate. He was charged with riot in a penal institution and battery.
Witnesses testified in court during the third bond hearing and claimed Cephus did not incite a riot. Turner said that he would review jail surveillance video from the incident before deciding whether to grant bond.
According to Bulloch County Clerk of Court Heather McNeal, Turner filed his decision to deny bond Monday afternoon.
Charges Cephus faces include marijuana possession, possession of a schedule II controlled substance, carrying a weapon in a school safety zone (felony), possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, battery and riot in a penal institution.
Cephus' attorneys asked for bond on two previous occasions: once in May and again in June. Turner denied the requests both times.
Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.