by Nolan Strong
McGriff and five associates were arraigned today (Jan. 26). McGriff has officially been charged with the murder of a Southeast Queens drug dealer named Troy Singleton, a man 50 Cent mentions on his song "Ghetto Qu’ran."/I’m forgettin Lefty and Jazz, Pretty Tony and Lance Head Lou, Mel son, Troy and E Money Bags/ 50 Cent raps.
Singleton was murdered execution style on Oct, 28, 2001. He died from four shots to the body and one to the head outside a sports bar, the Club Van Wyck. Prosecutors allege McGriff ordered Singleton’s slaying as revenge for an earlier double homicide Singleton allegedly committed.
According to Ethan Brown’s book "Queen’s Reigns Supreme: Fat Cat, 50 Cent, and the Rise of the Hip-Hop Hustler," Singleton and an unknown accomplice allegedly murdered two men named Pierre Mitchell and Jamal Adams, during a basketball game near the Baisley Park Houses.
Prosecutors also claim Singleton was murdered for pistol whipping Ja Rule’s manager Ron "Gutta" Robinson outside a Queens, New York nightclub."The feds were going to introduce the Troy Singleton murder as so-called ‘uncharged evidence’ in Preme’s trial," Ethan Brown told AllHipHop.com. "But clearly, given their loss in the Murder Inc. case they are taking no chances and firming up whatever allegations they have against ‘Preme [McGriff] into actual charges."
The charges are the latest against McGriff, who could be charged with the death penalty if convicted. In Dec. of 2005, the U.S. Attorney’s office confirmed they will introduce evidence that McGriff orchestrated the May 2000 shooting of rapper 50 Cent.
Prosecutors have already charged McGriff with the slaying of Queens, New York rapper Eric "E Money Bags" Smith. Prosecutors claim McGriff ordered the murder of E Money Bags in retaliation for the murder of his closest associates, Colbert "Black Just" Johnson. E Money Bags was murdered in May 2001. He was shot 10 times after gunman open fire on the rapper’s SUV, as he sat parked on a Queens street. The government attempted to introduce 50 Cent’s May 200 shooting during the federal money laundering charges of The Inc.’s Irv and Chris Lorenzo.
Prosecutors accused the Lorenzo brothers of helping McGriff launder millions in drug proceeds, but a jury acquitted the brothers of all charges in Dec. of 2005. During the trial, the government accused Ja Rule’s bodyguard, Robert “Sun” Lyonsof shooting 50 Cent at McGriff’s behest. 50 Cent has stated in numerous printed interviews and in songs that the person who shot him was Darryl “Hommo” Baum. In addition to the murders, McGriff is charged with racketeering and various narcotics charges.