Times-Herald (Vallejo)

Prelim hearing date reset for Vallejo rapper charged with 2019 murder

- By Richard Bammer rbammer@thereporte­r.com Contact reporter Richard Bammer at (707) 451-1864.

A Solano County Superior Court judge has reshuffled preliminar­y hearing dates for a 22-year-old Vallejo rapper charged with a 2019 murder in Fairfield.

George Harris, aka Lul G, was scheduled to appear Monday in Department 9, and Judge Carlos R. Gutierrez has ordered the defendant to return at 8:30 a.m. May 4 for further proceeding­s and a readiness conference; and the preliminar­y hearing at 1:30 p.m. June 28 and at 10 a.m. 29 in the Justice Center in Fairfield, court records indicate.

No reason was given in the court records, but the ongoing pandemic has forced the rescheduli­ng of myriad Solano County Superior Court proceeding­s in the past 13 months, in accord with county, state and state Supreme Court health directives.

On June 26 last year, Harris’ defense attorney, Claire J. White, informed Gutierrez that her client may not be able to understand the proceeding­s against him or help in his defense. She petitioned Judge Carlos R. Gutierrez for the competency report.

On July 1, Gutierrez suspended criminal proceeding­s against Harris, ordered a mental competency examinatio­n, and appointed a psychologi­st or psychiatri­st to examine him.

Court records indicate Gutierrez reviewed a subsequent report, which apparently deemed Harris competent, and reinstated criminal proceeding­s by scheduling the preliminar­y hearing.

Harris — who is charged with the July 24 shooting death of a 26-year-old Vallejo man, Rashied Flowers, in Fairfield — was arrested in Nevada, then extradited to Solano County.

Fairfield Police Department records state that Harris, a rising star in the Bay Area and national rap scene when accused of killing Flowers, was arrested on Sept. 21 in Las Vegas. He is being held without bail at the Stanton Correction­al Facility in Fairfield.

Harris pleaded not guilty at his jail arraignmen­t on Sept. 23. Gutierrez denied a request from White to reduce her client’s bail on Dec. 18, according to court records.

A late-October 2019 report on the KQED.org website indicated Harris and Flowers were acquainted and that Flowers was a fan of a Vallejo rap group of which Harris was once a member, SOB x RBE.

The Solano County District Attorney’s Office filed its complaint against Harris, who has a prior felony conviction, on Aug. 29. The victim’s name was referred to by initials only, R.F.

Harris gained fame as a member of SOB x RBE and was part of the group when it had a breakout spot with “Paramedic!” on the “Black Panther” film soundtrack in 2018, curated by Pulitzer Prize-winning rapper Kendrick Lamar.

What appear to be several choreograp­hed and slickly produced videos on YouTube show group members brandishin­g firearms, flashing dozens of $100 bills, and cavorting around expensive sports cars with young women.

But frequent break-up rumors and solo deals apparently hobbled the group, and Harris left SOB x RBE in 2018, later signing a deal with Def Jam records. He eventually released a video, “By Myself.”

Rolling Stone reported that Harris allegedly had been on probation since age 17, for armed robbery and gun charges, but the DA’s complaint only referred to a prior unspecifie­d conviction and offered no corroborat­ing details.

If found guilty at trial of first-degree murder, Harris could receive a prison term of 25 years to life, and likely more time for using a firearm.

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