Prosecutors Accuse Taxstone Of Firing Bullet That Killed Troy Ave’s Friend Ronald McPhatter. Judge Denies Him Bail

Federal prosecutors are painting a damning picture of Taxstone’s alleged involvement in the shootings that occurred backstage at a May 25, 2016,T.I. concert at Irving Plaza in New York City.

The “Tax Season” podcast host appeared in a Manhattan courtroom for the second day in row on Wednesday, January 18.

According to Revolt TV, prosecutors claim the 31-year old, born Daryl Campbell, fired the shot that killed Troy Ave’s friend/bodyguard Ronald “BSB Banga” McPhatter. Three other people, including Troy were also injured.

Ronald McPhatter (left) died in a shooting at Irving Plaza that also injured Troy Ave (right)

On the night in question, Troy got into a fight with an individual, that prosecutors now claim was Taxstone. During the scuffle Troy was shot in the leg. McPhatter stepped in to defend the BSB Records CEO and was fatally wounded by a gunshot to the chest. A woman was shot in the knee and another man was hit with a bullet that went through the floor.

During the chaos Troy somehow wrestled the gun away. He can be seen on surveillance footage firing the weapon.

The 9-millimeter Kel-Tec semiautomatic handgun used in the shooting was found by police in the vehicle that transported Troy to the hospital. DNA on the weapon matched Tax, McPhatter and Troy. However, prosecutors allege that Tax’s was also discovered on the gun’s clip, leading investigators to believe that the weapon belonged to him.

At least one eyewitness has given statements to police that corroborate the prosecution’s theory.

U.S. Marshals New York, New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force and the New York Police Department arrested Taxstone Monday morning, January 17, at his aunt’s home in Brooklyn, New York. He was charged with Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Transporting and Receiving a Firearm.

During the podcaster’s initial court appearance on Tuesday, Judge Andrew Peck, granted him bail of $500,000. The conditions of his release stipulated that he be put on house arrest, but allowed to leave for work.

U.S. Attorney Hagen Scotten appealed that decision, calling Taxstone a “danger to the community.” On Wednesday Judge Peck reversed his decision and denied bail for Tax.

Troy, real name Roland Collins, remains free on $500,000 bail, following his arrest immediately after the shooting.

He pleaded not guilty to weapons possession and attempted murder charges.


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