Monday morning, the Plymouth District Attorney’s office entered a not guilty plea on behalf of Gai Scott on a charge of armed assault with intent to murder. While thatis routine for a serious charge, little else in this case is.
The Commonwealth charges Gai Scott with shooting his uncle, Raymond Scott, known as rapper Benzino, during a funeral procession on Route 3 in Duxbury Saturday, March 29, at noon. The funeral was for Raymond’s mother.
First, presiding justice Rosemary Minehan recused herself from Monday morning’s arraignment and Judge Thomas Kirkman took the bench. Then Gai Scott’s attorney, John Zarrella, assistant district attorney Amanda Fowle and Kirkman quickly agreed on holding Scott without bail until a dangerousness hearing Wednesday. They agreed so quickly, confusion arose over what records in the case would become public.
Kirkman called the attorneys back for an afternoon hearing. He reviewed the main police report, the probable cause report, and ordered it released with the names of witnesses removed. Zarrella told reporters after the morning arraignment he would prove his client acted in self-defense. The report describes Gai Scott admitting being the shooter in his first contact with police.