A 17-year-old rapper Tay-K (real name Taymor McIntyre) could face the death penalty courtesy of the Texas Justice System.
The baby-faced Dallas teen became popular after he released his hit single The Race. The single is about being on the run from the law while he was actually on the run from the law. It was released online on June 30, the same day Tay-K was apprehended by United States marshals in New Jersey after three months on the run.
The rapper had a development in his ongoing case on Wednesday. He will be tried as an adult on charges of capital murder. Police say Tay-K participated in a home invasion, that left one man dead.
One of the rapper’s lawyers, M. Trent Loftin, issued a statement confirming that his client had been charged, along with six others, in connection with a home invasion that left a 21-year-old man dead in July 2016, when Tay-K was 16; Tay-K had been released from custody pending the hearing and was wearing an ankle monitor. But on March 27, Tay-K wrote derisively about his house arrest in a tweet, adding “they gn hav 2 catch me.” The United States Marshals Service soon marked him a “violent fugitive.”
A judge made the ruling about Tay-K on Wednesday, August 30, at a pre-trial hearing. The teenager’s court date has been pushed back due to lack of evidence. Despite the setbacks, Tay-K’s lawyer, James McMillan, is optimistic that Tay will be exonerated. McMillan provided the following statement to the New York Times’ Joe Coscarelli:
“We just concluded the ‘certification transfer’ hearing for Mr. McIntyre. The judge has ruled that his case should (be) moved to the adult court based on his age (and the fact that the juvenile court will lack jurisdiction soon). The judge was very clear to tell Mr. McIntyre on the record that this decision has no bearing whatsoever of his guilt/ innocence in this case. After a full day hearing with numerous officers testifying under oath, officers testified there was no evidence that Mr. McIntyre engaged in any of the violent [acts] or possessed any weapons. Mr McIntyre remains upbeat after this hearing. I believe once all of the evidence is presented, Mr. McIntyre will be exonerated on all of the charges. We look forward to moving ahead.”
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