Tay-K sentenced to 55 years for the murder of 21 year old Ethan Walker along with 30, 13 and 14 years for three counts of aggravated robbery.
Tay-K whose real name is Taymore McIntyre was convicted on Friday (July 19) of murder and three aggravated robbery charges related to a 2016 home invasion in Mansfield that resulted Ethan’s death.
A Tarrant jury found the 19-year-old guilty of “lesser included offense of murder.”
The prosecutors argued that while he didn’t pull the trigger that killed 21-year-old Ethan Walker, he knew the robbery would result in someone getting shot.
However, Tay-K has pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated robbery by threats in connection to the 2016 botched robbery earlier this week.
Tay-K’s lawyer Jeff Kearney stated that on Tuesday (July 16) that his client had already “accepted responsibility” for the robbery through his plea.
He believed the evidence wouldn’t support his client was aware Latharian Merritt “was going to go in and intentionally kill for no reason, intentionally kill Ethan Walker.”
The Texas-bred teenage Rapper is also charged in a second capital murder case out of Bexar County and an aggravated robbery case in Tarrant County that occurred while he was on the run.
Tay-K had pleaded guilty the day before the trial to two counts of aggravated robbery by threat in connection with the 2016 robbery of Ethan Walker’s girlfriend and another man inside the Mansfield home.
Ethan Walker was shot in the stomach during the botched home invasion and later died in the hospital.
Consequently, the Authorities are still trying to determine if Tay-K anticipated a murder would be committed when he participated in the robbery.
Tay-K has also pleaded not guilty to capital murder and to a separate count of aggravated robbery for the robbery and shooting of Walker’s roommate, Zachary Beloate.
Beloate was shot in the shoulder during the robbery.
One of Tay-K’s three defense attorneys, Jeff Kearney, told jurors in opening statements Tuesday morning that
“Tay agreed to participate in a robbery. Tay participated in a robbery.”
Kearney pointed out he’s already “accepted responsibility” for the robbery through his plea.
He added the evidence won’t support Tay-K thought Latharian Merritt “was going to go in and intentionally kill for no reason, intentionally kill Ethan Walker.”
Officials alleged that he committed those crime by robbing and fatally shooting 23-year-old Mark Saldivar at a Chick-fil-A in San Antonio in April 2017.
The following month, he allegedly attacked and robbed 65-year-old Skip Pepe who was walking along Fish Creek Trail in Arlington’s Cravens Park at the time.
In June 2017, Tay-K was arrested and taken into custody in New Jersey.
Since his incarceration, he allegedly started a “Rug-Rats” jail gang.
He was charged with possessing a cellphone inside a correctional facility.
The capital murder trial is to continue at least through this week