The New York Post is reporting that Tekashi 6ix9ine may have already cut a deal with the Feds.
New charges were filed Thursday in the case accusing Tekashi 6ix9ine of being a violent gang member, but the rainbow-haired rapper is not named as a defendant in the updated indictment, a possible indication that he could be cooperating with the feds.
Earlier this week, TMZ claimed 6ix9ine told prosecutors that Anthony Ellison, Denard Butler, and Kintea McKenzie were involved in the notorious Chief Keef hotel shooting, leading to their arrests and indictments.
According to two lawyers who spoke to the Post, 6ix9ine is now likely a cooperating witness.
“It could be that he may have pled guilty to a cooperation agreement,” Paul Krieger, a former prosecutor in the Manhattan US attorney’s office, said of the fact that Tekashi’s name wasn’t on the new indictment.
“It’s not unusual to do a cooperation agreement under seal to protect ongoing investigations, to protect witnesses or cooperating defendants,” said Krieger, who is now a white-collar criminal defense lawyer.
“In my experience if you haven’t pled [guilty] publicly and you’re taken off the indictment, you’re cooperating,” a federal criminal defense lawyer said.
Neither 6ix9ine's lawyer nor the US Attorney's office would comment on whether Tekashi has turned state.