Tay-K May Be Tried As An Adult In Felony Murder Case

Tay-K May Be Tried As An Adult In Felony Murder Case

Prosecutors are asking the court not to try the rapper as a juvenile.

Published August 9th

Written by Angela Wilson

Rapper Tay-K may be tried as an adult in another capital murder case in Texas' Bexar County.

The news came just weeks after he was sentenced to 55 years in prison and ordered to pay a $21,000 fine for his role in 2016 robbery that left one man dead. The 19-year-old emcee was also sentenced to 30 years in prison on one count of aggravated robbery. He also received an additional 13-year prison sentence on two other counts of aggravated robbery.

Tay was accused of participating in a botched July 2016 home invasion robbery that went wrong, leaving Ethan Walker, 21, murdered at the scene. 

Tay was only 16 years old at the time of the robbery.

Although the “Megaman” artist did not pull the trigger, prosecutors argued that he was just as guilty, as he was aware of the plan to steal drugs and money from the house where Walker was. 

Now, in an unrelated case, Tay, born Taymore Travon McIntyre, was transferred to Bexar County, Texas for yet another murder case. 

The “22 Shots” rapper is being tried for the April 2017 murder of 23-year-old photographer Mark Saldivar. Police believe the rapper shot and killed Saldivar at Texas Chick-Fil-A. 

Prosecutors are planning to charge him as an adult, even though he was 16 at the time of the incident. 

Nicole Perez, a spokeswoman for the Bexar County D.A.'s office, said the certification hearing has yet to be scheduled.

He is also facing three more lawsuits: a wrongful death lawsuit from Saldivar’s mother, a lawsuit from Ethan Walker’s parents and Zachary Belaote, their son’s roommate at the time who was wounded, but survived, in the home invasion robbery. 

He’ll also face legal action from Owney “Skip” Pepe and his wife Barbara. The Pepes’ accused the Long Beach, California native of assaulting Skip in a park in May 2017.

Tay rose to fame after cutting off his ankle monitor and fleeing from authorities, bragging about his run from the law in his music video for “The Race” in 2017. 

The song debuted at No. 70 the Billboard Hot 100 chart and has since gone platinum

After a nationwide manhunt, the teenager was arrested on the same day the video was released by the United States Marshals Service in New Jersey.

His current sentences will run concurrently. Tay-K has appealed the verdict.

According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, he will not be eligible for parole until he serves at least half of the sentencing.

Photo: (Photo: YouTube/ CBSDFW)

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