Tay-K, real name Taymor Travon McIntyre, was found guilty of murder and robbery on Friday, July 19. The rapper is facing between five to 99 years in prison, and is set to be sentenced as early as Tuesday. "The Race," his breakthrough song and video which he released as he was on the run from authorities, has now been entered as evidence in his sentencing, the Fader reports.
Jurors were shown the video for "The Race" and given a print-out of the lyrics, with a witness submitting it as evidence at the direction of the prosecutors. To coincide with the video, prosecutors also showed jurors screenshots of Tay-K throwing gang signs and holding guns as evidence. "The Race" could factor into a decision regarding how many years Tay will serve in prison.
Prosecutors first began making their case for a longer prison sentence on Friday, with corrections officers testifying about Tay's behavior in jail following his capture.
Tay-K was accused of participating in a home invasion in 2016 that led to the murder of 21-year-old Ethan Walker. He was arrested in July 2016 on capital murder charges alongside six other people at the age of 16. He was later placed on house arrested until certification hearings were to be held, but Tay and another suspect cut of their ankle monitors and went on the run. The six other defendants have sine been found guilty or reached plea deals.
Tay was captured in May 2017 the same day he released "The Race," which peaked at No. 44 on the Billboard Hot 100. During his time on the run, he was accused of being involved in a murder that took place in San Antonio. He has also been accused of assaulting 65-year-old Skip Pepe in Cravens Park, Arlington, although Tay's friend Abigail Wesson testified that the rapper was at a house party in Austin with her on the day he supposedly attacked Pepe.