(AllHipHop News) Taymor "Tay-K" McIntyre made nationwide news after his "The Race" single became a breakout hit in 2017. The teenager's musical success was partly the result of his legal troubles also making headlines.
At just the age of 16, Tay-K was accused of murdering 21-year-old Ethan Walker during a home invasion. Jury selection in that homicide case began on Monday in Tarrant County, Texas.
According to prosecutors, McIntyre cut off his ankle monitor and went on the run from the authorities after being released on house arrest. He was eventually apprehended in New Jersey. "The Race" is widely believed to be an account of Tay-K's real-life experience as a fugitive from the law.
A judge ruled McIntyre will be tried as an adult in the Tarrant County capital murder trial. Opening statements and testimony are expected to begin on Tuesday, July 16. If convicted, the now 19-year-old rapper could be sentenced to 40 years in prison.
Tay-K is also suspected of killing 23-year-old Mark Anthony Saldivar in San Antonio as well as robbing and assaulting 65-year-old Skip Pepe in Arlington. Saldivar's mother filed a wrongful death lawsuit against McIntyre. Lucia "Lucy" Saldavir claims Tay-K "intentionally and knowingly and recklessly committed criminal homicide or murder by shooting and killing” her son.