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Taxstone Vs. Rapper Troy Ave - Trial Over Bodyguard Killing Gets New Start Date

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Two popular figures in hip-hop are scheduled to square-off in court this March, as another high-profile trial involving rap feuds and murder looms.

Like Tekashi 6ix9ine, who just testified against the Nine Trey Gansta Bloods, rapper Troy Ave has admitted he plans to take the stand to testify against popular podcaster Taxstone.

Taxstone is accused of killing the rapper's bodyguard in May of 2016 during a backstage brawl inside of Irving Plaza.


Taxstone's trial was supposed to start in November of 2019, but a change in state laws pushed the date back a few months.

Current New York State Discovery laws went into effect on January 1, 2020. As a result, the trial will commence on March 5, 2020.

The new date provides the Manhattan District Attorney's Office sufficient time to be in "full compliance" with the laws, according to Taxstone's counsel, Kenneth Montgomery.

The Feds say Taxstone, born Daryl Campbell, murdered Ronald "Banga" McPhatter during the fight and subsequent shootout in the green room of Irving Plaza.

Taxstone and Troy Ave had been beefing for months during interviews and on social media when the two crossed paths on May 25th, 2016, in the green room just before a show featuring acclaimed Atlanta rapper T.I.

A scuffle broke out and shooting exploded with dozens of people backstage, including rappers Maino, Uncle Murda, and Casanova.

McPhatter was killed, Troy Ave was wounded and three bystanders were struck by gunfire.

Security cameras caught the tail-end of the fight, as Troy Ave pursued Taxstone out of the greenroom and fired shots at him in the middle of the packed concert venue

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