Tay-K’s “The Race” Lyrics Used as Evidence in Rapper’s Murder Sentencing
The “Race” video was filmed while the then-16-year-old rapper was fleeing police.
Tay-K is now facing between five and 99 years behind bars.
A Tarrant County Jury found Tay-K guilty of murder and robbery last week.
The now 19-year-old Texas rapper was accused of participating in a home invasion and robbery in Mansfield in July 2016. During the robbery, a 21-year-old named Ethan Walker was killed. According to a report in Fader, “The Race,” the song and music video that popularized Tay-K has been entered as evidence in the rapper’s sentencing.
Prosecutors reportedly played the music video for “The Race” was played in the Dallas courtroom Monday (July 22) and admitted a print-out of the lyrics as evidence for the jury. Prosecutors also used screenshots of the video as evidence, including shots of Tay-K holding a weapon and standing next to a “wanted poster.”
They also used images from his social media accounts, including images of him pointing a gun at the camera, the cover artwork for his Living Like Larry EP (in which he’s holding a gun), and a picture of him in jail.
In 2016, a then-16-year-old Tay-K and friends broke into Ethan Walker’s home. Walker was shot and killed by Latharian Merritt, who was sentenced to life in prison last year. Tay-K was charged and placed on house arrest. He escaped and filmed “The Race” which ended up charting on Billboard.
The teen’s sentence may be announced as soon as Monday.