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Taxstone’s DNA Found On Gun Used to Shoot Troy Ave & Kill His Bodyguard
Things just went from bad to worse for ‘Taxseason’ podcast host Taxstone. Yesterday, we told you how he was arrested for his possible involvement in a shooting at Irving Plaza which left his rival rapper Troy Ave hit in the leg and Troy’s bodyguard dead [click here if you missed it]. Well, police have just confirmed that Taxstone’s DNA was found on the same gun used to shoot Troy Ave which means its a wrap for him being that they will charge him as a felon in possession of a weapon, at the least. Check out the details below…
Daryl Campbell, 31, also known as Taxstone, was tied to the gun that killed Ronald McPhatter, 33, and wounded Troy Ave and two bystanders in a backstage area of a T.I. concert on May 25, 2016, prosecutors said.
No one has yet been charged with the murder of McPhatter, but Assistant District Attorney Hagan Scotten repeatedly referred to Campbell pulling the trigger first.
“He had a gun in his hand and he murdered someone,” Scotten said in court on Tuesday, arguing against releasing Campbell on bail.
Campbell, who is known for his prolific and profane Twitter presence and his kingmaking — and feud stoking — podcast Tax Season, was arrested Monday and was arraigned in Manhattan federal court on Tuesday afternoon.
He was held on $500,000 bail with a number of restrictions on his movement.
Campbell, who has previously been convicted of armed robbery, was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon and receiving a firearm by interstate commerce after investigators tracked the handgun used in the shooting to a man in Florida, who told police he had sold the gun to an associate of Campbell.
The handgun — a semiautomatic, 9-mm Kel-Tec pistol — was found on the night of the shooting in a hidden compartment in the van used to take Troy Ave to the hospital.
Investigators found traces of Campbell’s DNA on the base of the magazine, indicating that he had likely been the one to load it, according to the complaint.
Prosecutors used statements that Campbell made on his podcast, including times he repeatedly mocked Troy Ave, whose real name is Roland Collins. In one, he doubted Troy Ave’s willingness to open fire on a rival.
“I can protect myself as a man, so I’m not thinking about rolling with six goons,” prosecutors quoted Campbell in the statements made prior to the shooting.
“When I see you walking up with six dudes, bang-ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-ba…I want to embarrass somebody, and that’s why I started bullying Troy Ave, you know what I mean?”
Prosecutors asked for Campbell to be held without bail, citing his felony record, his self-proclaimed past as a member of the Bloods street gang and difficulty investigators have had getting witness testimony from the Irving Plaza shooting.
Judge Andrew Peck set bail at $500,000, but Campbell will be confined to his home except to record his podcast and meet with attorneys and will have to wear an ankle monitor. – via DNAInfo
SMH…unless some type of miracle happens, its a wrap beloved. Troy Ave isn’t exactly off the hook with the cops either. This whole situation is an L for both of them. Its a shame two black men who found a way to make it out of the hood let petty hood sh** drag them back down. Come to think of it, they should’ve just set up a boxing match like Chris Brown & Soulja Boy and called it a day! We’ll keep you posted on this case as it develops.
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