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Taxstone bail revoked after prosecutors appeal to higher judge

By | Published on Friday 20 January 2017


Hip hop podcast host Taxstone, real name Daryl Campbell, has had his bail revoked, after being charged earlier this week over his alleged involvement in a shooting backstage at a TI show in New York last year.

As previously reported, the incident occurred in May 2016 in a VIP bar at the Irving Plaza, leaving one dead and three injured. Rapper Troy Ave, real name Roland Collins, was arrested soon afterwards, after CCTV footage emerged appearing to show him walk into the bar and open fire. Collins was also one of those injured in the attack, and it was his bodyguard, Ronald McPhatter, who died.

Campbell was arrested earlier this week after his DNA was found on the murder weapon – later recovered from a secret compartment in the van that took Collins to hospital. Prosecutors claim that the DNA suggests that it was Campbell who loaded the gun and as a result pushed for him to be denied bail at an arraignment earlier this week.

Initially, a judge placed Campbell on $500,000 bail, and basically ordered him to be held under house arrest – allowed only to leave to record his ‘Tax Season’ podcast or meet his legal team, and even then wearing an electronic tag. However, that has now been overruled by a senior judge, after prosecutors argued that Campbell poses a danger to the public. As a result, he will remain in jail while he awaits trial.

Collins was released on $500,000 bail last year.