Tay-K's capital murder trial stemming from a 2016 fatal home robbery is now underway. During the initial testimony proceedings on Tuesday (July 16), the Fort Worth Star-Telegram is reporting that the 19-year-old pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated robbery on Monday but also pleaded not guilty to capital murder and a separate assault charge.
The main topic of discussion for Tay-K, born Taymor McIntyre, is whether he knew that a murder would be committed when agreeing to rob Ethan Walker's Mansfield residence. "Tay agreed to participate in a robbery. Tay participated in a robbery," McIntyre's attorney, Jeff Kearney, told jurors in Tuesday's opening statements.
Kearney continued to explain his belief that jurors would have a tough time supporting the theory that his client should've anticipated that Latharian Merritt would "intentionally kill" Ethan Walker.
Back in July 2016, "The Race" rapper and three others allegedly robbed Ethan Walker's Texas home. Walker was fatally shot in the stomach while laying on the ground, according to court testimony. Walker's roommate, Zachary Beloate, suffered a gunshot wound to his shoulder, but would live as a result of his injuries.
Billboard has reached out to Tay-K's attorney for comment.