Tay-K is accused of some serious crimes despite being only 17 years of age. A judge ordered Tay-K, whose real name is Taymor McIntyre, to be held in Tarrant County adult jail until it is decided whether he should be certified as an adult in a murder case.
Tay-K and his team are keeping hope alive though. Tay-K’s attorney, Trent Loftin, told The New York Times that the rapper “is ready for his day in court,” adding the teen was “upbeat and in good spirits.”
Tay-K is facing a capital murder charge, which carries a life imprisonment sentence or worse- the death penalty.
Tay-K is facing a capital murder charge for committing a murder during a robbery. He was one of seven people arrested for the murder of 21-year-old Ethan Walker during a July 26, 2016 home invasion robbery in Mansfield, TX.
He was placed on house arrest before deciding to cut his ankle monitor off in March. U.S. Marshalls captured Tay-K last month in New Jersey, and extradited him to Fort Worth, Texas.
Tay-K’s 16-year-old manager, Ezra Averill – who met Tay-K at James Martin High School as a freshman – credits himself with giving the green light to release the controversial “The Race” music video, which may have serious consequences on the rapper’s case. Tay-K mocked the law after posing with his own wanted flier in the visual.
“We hadn’t planned on dropping ‘The Race’ for a while,” Mr. Averill told the New York Times. “But when I saw that he was blowing up on Twitter, I was like, I just have to drop this.”
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Tay-K 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.
Loftin believes Tay-K will be cleared of all of charges.
“Since Day 1, Mr. McIntyre has cooperated with law enforcement entities and maintained his innocence,” Loftin said. “We feel confident when all of the evidence is reviewed, Mr. McIntyre will be exonerated of all of the charges.”
Tay-K’s next hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 30.