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Teen Rapper Who Was Sentenced To 55 Years Faces Another Murder Charge

Teen rapper Tay-K, who was sentenced to 55 years in prison last month, is now due to stand trial for a separate murder case.

Now Tay-K, real name Taymor McIntyre, will stand trial in Bexar County, Texas.

The case stems from the 2017 fatal shooting of 23-year-old photographer Mark Saldivar.

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Tay-K has been booked out of Tarrant County Jail and transferred to Bexar County, according to Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

He stands accused of shooting Saldivar outside of a Chick-fil-A in San Antonio. Tay-K had been on the run from the law at the time of Saldivar’s shooting.

He had cut off his ankle bracelet and fled while under house arrest, tweeting, “f*ck dis house arrest sh*t… they gn hav 2 catch me.”

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Officers recaptured McIntyre in New Jersey in June 2017.

He was accused of committing two further serious crimes while on the run: the murder of Mark Saldivar and the robbery and beating of Owney Pepe, 65.

In July 2016, McIntyre was part of a home invasion that left 21-year-old, Ethan Walker, dead and injured Zachary Beloate.

Teen Rapper Who Was Sentenced To 55 Years Faces Another Murder Charge
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“It wasn’t part of the plan. The plan was robbery. Not killing,” Jeff Kearney, one of McIntyre’s defense attorneys told the jury. 

However Walker did not have the drugs or money the robbers were after, according to KTVT.

Walker’s girlfriend testified that he was shot and killed while his hands were in the air.

In 2017, Tay-K went viral after releasing the video for “The Race.” He recorded his platinum track The Race as a fugitive. 

The song was based on the young rapper cutting off his ankle bracelet and fleeing home arrest ahead of a court hearing. 

Teen Rapper Who Was Sentenced To 55 Years Faces Another Murder Charge

He was eventually captured in New Jersey after three months on the run, KTVT reported.

The same day the song’s video was posted on Youtube.

“I was tryna beat a case/But I ain’t beat that case, bitch, I did the race,” he raps in one of the most infamous lines from the song, which peaked at number 44 on the Billboard Hot 100.

During the trial, Tay-K’s attorneys argued that he wasn’t the person who fired the gun.

However, prosecutors say Tay-K knew that the plan was to rob Walker.

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“The Race,” now has more than 174 million views on YouTube. The video shows Tay-K posing next to a wanted poster of himself.

The rapper potentially faced five to 99 years in prison for each guilty count.

He will first serve a 30-year prison sentence for his first felony. He will then serve an additional 13 years each for the remaining two counts from the same robbery.

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Written by Christine Haveford

Christine loves all things cinema, and she's been that way ever since she was a little girl. In fact, she is so passionate about cinema that she decided to pursue cinematography as a full-time career, and is now pursuing film studies at the New York Film School. Originally from Florida, she is still exploring the new city, people, places, and the culture, loves the new weather, going ice skating during winters, and spending time with her fellow classmates and friends from college.

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