Baltimore rapper Young Moose, relatives acquitted in drug case

A judge acquitted rapper Young Moose of all charges in a drug case, but more cases loom.

A Baltimore judge on Thursday acquitted local rapper Young Moose of all charges in a drug case following a four-day trial.

The charges against the 22-year-old rapper, whose real name is Kevron Evans, stemmed from a July 2014 drug raid on his family's Northeast Baltimore home, which police said was based in part on depictions of violence and drugs in his music videos.

Circuit Judge Christopher Panos acquitted Evans, as well as father, Kevin Evans Sr., following the conclusion of the trial and before sending the case to a jury. Panos said the state's case was too speculative for jurors to consider.

A day earlier, Panos acquitted Evans' brother Kevin Evans Jr. and mother Shedena Thornton of all charges.

The acquittal was the latest instance of Evans being cleared of legal troubles, following prosecutors' decision last fall to drop an assault case. But he remains jailed and held without bail after being arrested on firearms and drug charges filed after more police raids that took place earlier this month.

He also has an unrelated car theft case scheduled for trial next month.

The rapper's three family members were arrested at the time of the 2014 raid, with police saying they found 160 gel caps of heroin, along with packaging material and cutting agents.

Evans was not at home at the time and was arrested a month later. It was just days before he was scheduled to open for rapper Boosie Badazz at the then-Baltimore Arena.

Evans' attorney Richard Woods has said he believes police are harassing his client, and defense attorneys for the relatives said at the trial that police had a vendetta against the rapper.

"I don't know why he has it out for this family, but he does," another defense attorney, Jason Ott, told jurors in opening statements. "That stops now."

The detective who filled out the search warrant affidavit, Daniel Hersl, denied any grudge against Evans and his family.

Baltimore Sun reporter Justin Fenton contributed to this report.

Wesley.case@baltsun.com

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