A local teen rapper, who gained notoriety after his suspected involvement in a string of violent crimes and a three-month run from the law, will stand trial as an adult in two of those cases, a judge has ruled.
Taymor Travon McIntyre, who is known as rapper “Tay-K 47,” was 16 — considered a juvenile in Texas — when he and a group of other suspects allegedly robbed and shot Ethan Walker, 21, at a Mansfield home on July 26, 2016.
McIntyre was arrested in the case but later released from juvenile custody on house arrest. He was days away from a hearing in which prosecutors were seeking to have him certified as an adult when officials say he cut his ankle monitor and fled in March.
He was still on the loose two months later when officials allege that he and another teen viciously attacked and robbed 65-year-old Skip Pepe as he walked along Fish Creek Trail in Arlington’s Cravens Park.
McIntyre, now 17, was arrested in New Jersey in late June, days after the U.S. Marshal’s office released his name and photographs, asking for the public’s help in locating the “violent fugitive.”
Wednesday, a juvenile court judge ruled to certify McIntyre to stand trial as an adult in the Mansfield capital murder case, as well as in the Arlington aggravated robbery case.
He was formally charged in both cases Thursday, court records show.
Sources had previously told the Star-Telegram that McIntyre is also a suspect in a capital murder that occurred in or around San Antonio while he was on the run.
Though officials have not released details of the case, Tarrant County jail records show McIntyre was being held on two capital murder charges, one of them stemming from the Bexar County case.
Since his high-profile run from the law, the exposure has gained the local rapper support from fans on social media and a broader audience for his music. His real-life inspired rap song, “The Race,” is No. 49 on Billboard’s Hot 100 list.