We are learning more details in the crime that caused Tay-K to be charged with capital murder. Tay-K, born Taymor McIntyre, was one of seven people charged in the July 26, 2016 home invasion robbery that left 21-year-old Ethan Walker dead in Mansfield, TX.
Tay-K and other suspects used two women to gain entry into the home, the Star-Telegram reports.
On the night of Monday, July 25, 2016, Megan Holt, 19, and Ariana Bharrat, 20, and an unnamed woman drove to Walker’s home to smoke marijuana. A total of three residents were at the home.
Bharrat and Holt began “acting weird, going in and out of the room,” the unnamed witness stated in an affidavit. Holt went to the kitchen to get a drink of water three times in 20 minutes.
The witness could see a group text message of “hit a lick” and “is it a go” on Bharrat’s phone. Holt’s name was also reportedly in the group text. “Hit a lick” means to rob a person or burglarize a home.
It wasn’t long before a group that included Tay-K, 17, Latharian Merritt, 22, Sean Robinson, 22, charged into the home with weapons. A resident told authorities he believes one of the women unlocked the front door.
The home invaders stole drugs and money. Walker was shot as the robbers ran out the front door and later died from his injury at John Peter Smith Hospital In Fort Worth, TX.
The resident who let the women into the house was shot in the shoulder when he fought with a robber. A third resident was injured and treated at the scene.
The three women fled the house behind the robbers and drove away in Holt’s car.
Holt and Bharrat were arrested on July 27 and July 28, respectively. The two women face a charge of capital murder, and are being held on $500,000 in Tarrant County Jail.
Merritt was arrested on Aug. 3, and being held at $145,000 bail. He faces a capital murder charge.
Robinson was arrested Aug. 11, and being held on $800,000. He faces a charge of capital murder, attempted capital murder and two counts of aggravated robbery.
Four juveniles, including Tay-K, were also arrested. A teen girl was the first juvenile arrested, and ordered released on house arrest. Prosecutors attempted to have the girl certified as an adult in the case, but were unsuccessful.
Tay-K was also lucky to be released on house arrest as it went against prosecutors’ wishes. Tay-K still decided to cut off his ankle monitor in March, and make a run for it. Unfortunately for Tay-K, U.S. Marshalls captured him on Friday, June 30 in New Jersey, and extradited him to Fort Worth, Texas.
A judge ordered Tay-K to be held in adult jail until he is certified as an adult in the Mansfield case. Tay-K was booked into Tarrant County Jail, according to the Star-Telegram.
Tay-K is facing a capital murder charge for committing a murder during a robbery. If convicted of capital murder, Tay-K could face life imprisonment or worse – the death penalty.
Tay-K’s legal woes don’t end there. He is a suspect in another murder in San Antonio after fleeing house arrest, the Star-Telegram reports.
He is also accused of beating and robbing a 65-year-old man in Arlington’s Craven Park.
Tay-K gained popularity when he released his “The Race” music video upon his capture by U.S. Marshalls. Tay-K posed with his own wanted flier in the visual. Tay-K also calls himself a shooter like slain Chicago rapper Young Pappy.
He raps, “I tote 50s, I’m a shooter like Young Pappy/B***h tried rob me, make her dance, Michael Jackson.”