Rapper Tay-K 47 faces up to 99 years in prison after being found guilty of 2016 murder of Ethan Walker, 21, during a home invasion to steal money and drugs
- Tay-K 47, whose birth name is Taymor McIntyre, and six other people were arrested in July 2016 on capital murder charges
- McIntyre reportedly organized the robbery of Ethan Walker and planned to steal drugs and money from his home
- The Tarrant County jury in Texas deliberated for four hours over two days and found him guilty of murder
- He was not found guilty of capital murder, which would have meant a mandatory 40-year sentence
Taymor Travon McIntyre was found guilty in Tarrant County, Texas of murder and robbery on Friday
Rapper Tay-K, who’s single ‘The Race’ made it on Billboard’s Hot 100 in 2017, could face up to 99 years in prison after being found guilty of murder and robbery stemming from the death of a man during a home invasion in 2016.
The 19-year-old, whose real name is Taymor Travon McIntyre, was found guilty in Tarrant County, Texas, on Friday after a day of deliberation.
According to the Star-Telegram, the jury deliberated for four hours over two days. The accused was not found guilty of capital murder, which would have meant a mandatory 40-year sentence.
Immediately following the verdict the sentencing phase of the trial began.
Roberta Walker, the victim’s mother, spoke out in court and recalled the moment she learned her son, whom she and her husband adopted, was dead.
She said that a police caption arrived at their home in the early morning alongside a chaplain. ‘I knew it wasn’t good,’ she recalled.
Megan Holt, 19, and Ariana Bharrat, 20, were allegedly part of a 2016 plot, alongside McIntyre and friends, to rob 21-year-old Ethan Walker. McIntyre reportedly organized the robbery and recruited the gunman.
The women allegedly planned on seducing Walker before letting the gunman into the house where the gang could steal drugs and money.
McIntyre made the viral song and video, ‘The Race,’ holding a gun in front of an actual wanted poster while on the run
The 19-year-old, whose real name is Taymor Travon McIntyre, was found guilty in Tarrant County, Texas , on Friday
One of the pair unlocked the door and the gunmen proceeded to rob Walker, which led to a fatal confrontation and Walker’s death from a gunshot.
McIntyre was placed under house arrest until his hearing but he and another suspect cut off their ankle monitors and fled to San Antonio, Texas. During that time, prosecutors say he killed a photographer and beat a man in a park.
He also made the viral song and video, ‘The Race,’ holding a gun in front of an actual wanted poster of himself. It was viewed more than 160 million times. The day of its release, on June 30, 2017, McIntyre was captured by the U.S Marshal Service in Elizabeth, New Jersey.