(AllHipHop News) Rapper Troy Ave is heading to court over a deadly shooting in February 2017, which resulted in the death of his bodyguard and close friend Ronald “Banga” McPhatter.
Troy is slated to start his trial this January, and he appears to have no qualms taking the stand, to testify about what happened.
“I didn’t tell everything that happened, I held up to the street code like an idiot,” Troy Ave said. “If I’d said in the hospital, ‘here’s what happened, here’s who shot me,’ (the case against him would) be over.”
Troy, born Roland Collins, was involved in a deadly altercation with podcaster Taxstone, at Irving Plaza in May of 2016.
McPhatter was shot and killed in a green room filled rappers, including Uncle Murda, Maino, and their entourages.
Troy Ave, born Roland Collins, was free on $500,000 bail. Shortly after his release, in December of 2016, an assailant opened fire on Troy's bright Maserati.
Troy Ave was shot twice and luckily, his girlfriend escaped with no injuries.
Troy has pleaded not guilty for his role in the shootout inside of Irving Plaza, while Taxstone pleaded guilty to bringing in the gun that killed Ronald McPhatter.
Taxstone's DNA was reportedly discovered on the 9-millimeter Kel-Tec semi-automatic handgun and officials traced the chain of purchase back to the popular podcaster, which ultimately sealed his fate.
Troy believes he will walk away a free man after the trial, even though he is facing 20-40 years over the shootout.
“If I was guilty I’d be scared as s##t. I’d have all the fear in the world, like ‘I’m caught! Now I need to make up lies to get out of this.’ I told my lawyer, when he came to see me in the hospital, 'we don’t have to do anything but tell the truth. The truth gets us out of this'.”