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Tay-K Rapper Found Guilty of Murder

Faces Between 5 to 99 Years in Prison

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Tay-K Rapper Found Guilty of Murder, Faces Between 5 to 99 Years in Prison, Tay-K, Rapper Who Went Viral With ‘The Race.’ The 19-year-old musician, who released a hit single while on the run from the authorities, faces up to 99 years in prison. Earlier, the jury has asked to see evidence presented when the medical examiner testified about the victim, Ethan Walker.

The rapper was accused of participating in a 2016 home invasion robbery that left a 21-year-old man dead. Earlier this week Tay-K pleaded not guilty to the charge of capital murder, a more serious charge which carries a mandatory 40-year sentence.

Ethan Walker, 21, was shot dead and his roommate Zachary Beloate, 19, was severely injured from a shot to the arm during a 2016 home invasion. Tay-K still faces another aggravated robbery charge in Tarrant County and a capital murder charge in Bexar County. Both happened after Tay-K cut off his ankle monitor given to him after being arrested for the Mansfield murder.

The track was remixed widely by artists including 21 Savage, Lil Yachty and Fetty Wap as #FreeTayK became an online rallying cry, and “The Race” was eventually certified platinum, reaching No. 44 on the Billboard Hot 100.

A 15-year-old girl actually planned the home invasion robbery. Earlier this week one of her friends testified that she reached out to McIntyre on Instagram, believing he could get guns for the robbery. Tay-K was apprehended after the robbery, placed on house arrest, and ordered to wear an ankle monitor. He rose to fame when he cut off his ankle monitor and absconded from house arrest.

The six other defendants involved with the case have been found guilty or reached plea deals. As a result of Saldivar's murder, Tay is also facing a second capital murder charge in Bexar County, Texas. The victims and their families have also filed lawsuits against the rapper and his label.

He also created a mixtape, Santana World, while incarcerated. It was released by a record company, making more than a half-million dollars according to a report.

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