In 90 Seconds: Taymor McIntyre AKA Tay-K 47
Rapper Tay-K 47 is being sued again, this time by the retiree he allegedly robbed and brutally beat at an Arlington park while on the lam from authorities.
Owney “Skip” Pepe and his wife, Barbara, filed the lawsuit against the rapper, whose real name is Taymor Travon McIntyre, on Friday.
The suit also names as defendants 88 Classic Records, the record company with which McIntyre signed after his arrest; Joshua White, the company’s owner; and McIntyre’s independent manager, Ezra Averill.
McIntyre remains in the Tarrant County Jail, awaiting trial on a capital murder charge in the fatal shooting of 21-year-old Ethan Walker and wounding of his roommate, Zachary Beloate, during a Mansfield home invasion in July 2016.
Six other co-defendants have been convicted or pleaded guilty in the Mansfield case.
McIntyre, 16 at the time of the Mansfield case, was on home confinement and days away from a certification hearing, when he cut off his ankle monitor in March 2017 and fled.
While on the loose, authorities say, he fatally shot a 23-year-old photographer, Mark Anthony Saldivar, during a robbery in San Antonio in April 2017, and then, a month later, attacked Pepe.
According to the lawsuit, Skip Pepe was walking in Cravens Park near his Arlington home on May 25, 2017, when McIntyre approached him from behind, held a gun to his head and demanded his wallet.
“McIntyre then savagely beat the defenseless 65-year-old, leaving him unconscious with multiple broken bones and [a] brain bleed,” the lawsuit alleges. “McIntyre dragged Mr. Pepe’s body off the trail and left him for dead in the woods.”
McIntyre, now 18, was later arrested in New Jersey and certified to stand trial as an adult in the capital murder case out of Mansfield and on an aggravated robbery charge in connection with Pepe’s attack. He is also charged with possession of a prohibited item inside a correctional facility after allegedly being caught with a cellphone tucked inside his underwear.
He is charged in Bexar County with capital murder in connection with Saldivar’s robbery and shooting.
The Pepes’ lawsuit accuses McIntyre, with the help of others, of writing and recording music that capitalized on his notoriety.
It points to McIntyre’s video for his most popular song, “The Race,” which depicted him brandishing a gun and standing in front of his own wanted poster. The video was released within two hours of McIntyre’s eventual capture in New Jersey on June 30, 2017, with the song soon becoming a commercial hit, the lawsuit states.
“One publicist in the industry described it as follows: ‘It’s real, and he has the story to back it up. Rappers talk (expletive) all day about what they do, but everything he’s saying, happened,” the lawsuit states.
The Pepes accuse McIntyre, with the encouragement of the others named in the lawsuit, of bolstering sales of his music with his violent crime spree. The defendants then conspired to defraud McIntyre’s victims by illegally hiding away money from his record deal in an irrevocable spendthrift trust managed by White, the lawsuit alleges.
“These Defendants chose to financially profit from McIntyre’s violent crimes and take money for themselves from the sale of his music that otherwise would be available to compensate McIntyre’s victims,” the lawsuit states.
A similar lawsuit was filed in July by Beloate; Walker’s parents, Richard and Roberta Walker; and on behalf of Walker’s young daughter. Attorney Brian Butcher with the Noteboom law firm is representing both sets of plaintiffs in the two pending lawsuits.
McIntyre has also been sued in Bexar County by Lucia Saldivar, the mother of the San Antonio shooting victim.
Since his incarceration, prosecutors allege, Tay-K tried to form a jail gang called Rug-Rats.