Taxstone Released From Jail
Update #2. Taxstone will not be released on bail, a judge decided Wednesday. Initially, on Tuesday he was to be released on $500,000 bond and placed on house arrest. However, prosecutors convinced the judge to keep him behind bars. They argued that he was a danger to the community and said witness testimony would “directly show” he fired, at a minimum, the shot that killed McPhatter (Troy Ave’s bodyguard). Prosecutors also said additional charges might be brought against Taxstone relating to this testimony, possibly in state court.
Here’s the backstory: Popular hip-hop podcast personality Taxstone’s (real name Daryl Campbell) bail was set at $500,000. He will be put on house arrest with an ankle monitor. As expected, he will not be able to leave his home, with the exceptions of meeting with lawyers and to record his podcast.
As previously reported, he was arrested for criminal possession of a firearm by a felon and receiving a firearm by interstate commerce. The arrest is in connection to last year’s shooting at a concert at Irving Plaza, which injured Troy Ave (real name Roland Collins) and killed his bodyguard Ronald “Banga” McPhatter. Here’s footage of the incident, captured by a concert-goer.
Gunshots just went off at the T.I concert, never been so scared in my life pic.twitter.com/rn0CjpAuaU
— Marco (@markygeezy) May 26, 2016
According to a report,
Campbell is believed to have entered the room where the shooting took place with the firearm in question, a 9mm Kel-Tec semiautomatic handgun. It’s the same gun that left Troy Ave wounded and Banga dead, and the DNA traces on the gun have prosecutors concluding that Campbell loaded the gun. In surveillance footage that circulated across the internet at the time, Troy Ave, born Roland Collins, is seen leaving the green room where the initial shooting occurred wearing blood-spattered jeans and holding the gun that Taxstone allegedly brought into the venue that night. He aims and fires at someone that looks like Campbell, leading to Troy being arrested for attempted murder. The prosecution has used social media pictures and clips from Taxstone’s own podcast to build their case against him. One audio clip released prior to the May shooting finds Campbell boasting about how he’d shoot people who ran up on him. “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?” The two were known to have a long-standing beef with each other.