Doctors responsible for death of homeless rapper stabbed to death

Rapper Kidd Creole’s defense attorney claimed at his murder trial Wednesday that doctors at Bellevue Hospital — and not the hip-hop pioneer — were responsible for the death of a homeless man he stabbed to death in 2017.

“The stabbings did not result in his death,” attorney Scottie Celestin told jurors during closing arguments in the Manhattan Supreme Court. “I think the hospital killed that man.”

He added: “They killed this man and they are trying to protect the hospital.”

The 61-year-old former member of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, whose real name is Nathaniel Glover, is said to have stabbed tramp John Jolly to death during a midtown argument.

Celestin claimed at trial that Glover acted in self-defense and that the stab wounds were not life-threatening.

He previously blamed the death of 55-year-old Jolly on a mixture of alcohol and the sedative Versed, which was given to him in hospital for being combative with rescue workers.

The victim’s cousin called the claim “nonsense”.

Rapper Kidd Creole, real name Nathaniel Glover, is being charged in New York on Thursday, August 3, 2017.
Rapper Kidd Creole allegedly stabbed tramp John Jolly to death during a midtown argument in 2017.
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Mug shot of John Jolly
Jolly died from a mixture of alcohol and the sedative Versed given to him by hospital staff, Creole attorney Scottie Celestin claims.
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Defense attorney Scottie Celestin during his closing argument.
“They’re trying to protect the hospital,” Celestin added.
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“OK, [Glover] is a celebrity, but he committed a crime,” said Cheryl Horry, 53, outside the courthouse.

“It was murder. He could have gone further and my cousin would still be alive,” Horry added. “My cousin liked to drink, but he was a darling.”

Prosecutor Mark Dahl agreed, calling Celestin’s claim “absurd.”

Cheryl Horry, cousin of victim John Jolly, gives an interview in the hallway.
Jolly’s cousin, Cheryl Horry, called Celestin’s argument “bullshit.”
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Pictured is ADA Mark Dahl making his closing argument.
ADA Mark Dahl said Celestin’s argument slandered the hospital staff who tried to save Jolly’s life.
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“He kept trying to isolate small aspects of Mr. Jolly’s condition to say that it was indicative of his condition as a whole,” Dahl told jurors during his summary. “It’s like you wrecked your car and the insurance adjuster says, ‘The right rear seat belt is still working.’ This does not reflect whether the car was on fire.

“The defense is framing the very people who tried to save Mr. Jolly’s life,” he said.

The jury in the case began deliberations around 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Kidd Creole leaves the courtroom.
Creole’s team said the former rapper acted in self-defense when he stabbed Jolly.
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