Hip-hop podcaster Taxstone was indicted for the murder of Troy Ave’s bodyguard during a T.I.concert at New York City’s Irving Plaza last year.
Born Daryl Campbell, Campbell pleaded not guilty during his hearing on Thursday after being charged with second degree murder for the fatal shooting of Ronald McPhatter in May 2016.
According to prosecutors, the fight between Campbell and Troy Ave caused McPhatter to intervene in defense of the Brooklyn rapper. Tension between Campbell and Troy Ave were already brewing due to Taxtone frequently discussing the rapper in a negative light on social media and his show Tax Season.
Troy Ave was shot in the leg and later arrested the following day on attempted murder and weapons charges. As for Campbell, his arrest didn’t come until earlier this year when police connected him to the murder weapon. Prosecutors told the judge that Campbell carried the firearm into the venue and fired out multiple shots, including the ones that killed McPhatter.