According to XXL, Manhattan Supreme Court Judge James Burke set the date on Thursday during the rapper's first hearing since Apr. 22. In addition to Shmurda (born Ackquille Pollard), Rowdy Rebel (born Chad Marshall) and four other defendants will be tried following a 101-count indictment earlier this year.
In January, the Brooklyn native's bail was set at $2 million, and he pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to commit murder in the second degree, one count of criminally using drug paraphernalia.
During the hearing, prosecutors in the case said that the 20-year-old had an offer of eight years behind bars for his alleged role as the "mastermind" of the operations, according to Revolt. “I’m surprised by the recommendation,” Shmurda's attorney, Kenneth Montgomery, said. “Especially as they’ve been dragging these kids up here like they’re Public Enemy No. 1.”
The judge also set an Aug. 19 date for attorneys to determine whether the defendants will be tried in a group or individually.