Taxstone, a former podcast host at Loud Speakers Network, has reiterated his assertion that Troy Ave will face legal consequences.
On March 10th, during his ongoing trial for the murder of Ronald “Banga” McPhatter, Troy Ave’s bodyguard, Taxstone, made this statement. He’s a “delusional lying ass bozo. Can’t wait for this delusional lying ass bozo to testify on Monday !!!,”
Upon learning of the accusation, Troy Ave reacted by mocking the situation in a tweet of his own.
“A call to action is crazy [laughing emoji] “I can’t wait” Said the person with nothing but time [skull emoji] …his friends cooked him [steak emoji] VERY WELL DONE! I might jus bring the dessert , wat kind y’all want [question mark, crying laughing face emoji],” he wrote alongside the hashtags “UnSafeTho” and “BeSmartTho.”
The exchange between Taxstone and Troy Ave pertains to an incident that occurred approximately seven years ago when a violent shooting erupted at a T.I. concert in New York.
As per reports, a dispute broke out in the VIP section of Irving Plaza, leading to gunfire. Soon after, the NYPD confirmed that Troy Ave’s bodyguard, Ronald “Banga” McPhatter, was fatally shot, while Troy Ave and two other individuals sustained gunshot wounds.
The following day, surveillance footage emerged, depicting Troy Ave firing a gun during the chaos. Consequently, he was arrested and handcuffed at NYU Langone Hospital, where he was being treated for a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the leg. The weapon used in the shooting was subsequently found in his car. Despite this, Troy Ave asserted his innocence, arguing that he acted in self-defense.
In January 2017, Taxstone (whose real name is Daryl Campbell) was taken into custody in connection to the incident. He was charged with one count of firearm possession by a convicted felon and one count of firearm receipt in interstate commerce following the discovery of his DNA on the semi-automatic handgun that was used in the fatal shooting.
After Taxstone’s arrest, John B. Stella, Troy Ave’s attorney, issued a statement saying, “I view the charges brought today before the SDNY as a positive step in the direction of true justice for what occurred at Irving Plaza that night.”
“As we have said since May 25, 2016, Roland Collins (Troy Ave) did not enter Irving Plaza with a handgun the night of the T.I. concert,” the statement continues. “He was not responsible for the four shots fired inside the green room that took the life of his dear friend, Ronald McPhatter, and caused injury to him and two other innocent bystanders.”
Taxstone eventually pled guilty to the gun charge in February 2017. However, he was later indicted for the murder of McPhatter, after a witness reportedly came forward and expressed willingness to testify. Taxstone has since pleaded not guilty to the charges.