The 30 Biggest Criminal Trials in Rap History

27. The State of Texas v. Carlos Coy (2002)

Crime: Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child
Verdict: Guilty
Sentence: Currently serving 45 years at Allred Unit in Texas.

Carlos Coy, known to Houston rap fans as South Park Mexican and the founder of Dope House Records, was a celebrated local rapper who was on the rise. He had released six albums with a combined 1.5 million in sales, and Dope House had aligned with a major label for national distribution. Then he was convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a child in 2002. He remains in prison after receiving a 45-year sentence.

His first arrest came on September 25, 2001. Coy, who was married and had children of his own, was arrested for abusing a nine-year-old girl in an incident that had occurred a year earlier, when the girl was a guest visiting his seven-year-old daughter. Another case was soon added when it was revealed that the rapper had impregnated a 13-year-old when he was 22 and never paid child support.

He was indicted in December of that year. In March 2002, more charges came. He was accused for sexual assault of two 14-year-old girls. In May 2002, the trial began. During the trial, the 9-year-old girl herself testified on the stand; the jurors found her “very credible,” according to prosecutor Lisa Andrews.

At the end of the trial, according to the Houston Chronicle, the girl’s father, who had been a friend of Coy’s, addressed the rapper directly. "You portray yourself as a victim, as a saint. Who are you trying to convince—yourself?"

South Park Mexican is eligible for parole in 2024, with a projected release date of 2047.

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