Taymor McIntyre, the rapper known as Tay-K, was found guilty of murder by a Fort Worth jury this morning. The 19-year-old rapper was also found guilty of robbery, though avoided a more serious conviction for capital murder, which would have carried a mandated 40 years in prison.
McIntyre was accused of participating in a home invasion and robbery in 2016 that left 21-year-old Ethan Walker dead after seven masked assailants stormed his house. Prosecutors during the trial showed video of a police interrogation of a then-16-year-old Tay-K confessing to being a part of the raid, saying that his role was to find drugs in the house.
It was while Tay-K was on house arrest awaiting trial for the Walker murder that he cut his ankle monitor and fled. As he evaded authorities, Tay-K filmed the music video for "The Race." The song become a smash hit, peaking at No. 44 on the Billboard Hot 100. He was captured by police in New Jersey on July 30, 2017.
Tay-K is still awaiting trial for a number of other crimes. He is accused in the April 2017 shooting death of 23-year-old Mark Anthony Salvadir at a San Antonio Chick-Fil-A, and in the beating and robbery of 63-year-old Arlington resident Owney “Skip” Pepe in May 2017.