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Young Thug trial: Alleged 'leader of the pack' wears a wolf sweater to court

Jozsef Papp and Shaddi Abusaid, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on

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ATLANTA — Lead prosecutor Adriane Love’s opening statements last week referenced wolves.

“YSL operated as a pack,” Love said after reading from Rudyard Kipling’s “Law of the Jungle” as the trial of Young Thug and five codefendants got under way. Young Thug, she said, was the leader of said pack.

On the second week of trial, Young Thug, whose real name is Jeffery Williams, came to court in a wolf sweater.

The sweater, adorned with a cartoon wolf with vinyl records is an AMIRI piece that retails for $1,190. Williams’ girlfriend, singer Mariah the Scientist, told Channel 2 Action News’ Michael Seiden that she bought it for Williams two weeks before trial began and the wolf image was “pure coincidence.”

After a memorable first week of trial, here are some other highlights from the second.

The wrong man. Atlanta police investigator Stephen McKesey testified on Wednesday and got a key detail wrong. He mistook a defense attorney for Young Thug’s brother.


McKesey was testifying about a 2020 argument outside a gas station that led to Quantavious Grier, who is Young Thug’s brother, being arrested on a gun charge.

“Can you look around this courtroom and tell me if you see Quantavious Grier today?” defense attorney Careton Matthews Sr. asked.

The investigator said he had seen Grier in the courtroom. The problem: Grier is in prison, having violated conditions of a plea deal he struck in December 2022. McKesey had mistaken defense attorney Lamar Gardner for the former defendant.

“They look alike,” McKesey said. “They look like they could be brothers.”


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