Back in January, podcast personality Taxstone, born Daryl Campbell, was arrested and indicted on charges of being a felon possessing a firearm and owning a gun purchased through interstate commerce in connection with the 2016 Irving Plaza shooting that left Troy Ave and several others injured and Troy’s best friend/bodyguard Banga dead.
Tax was initially set to be freed on $500,000 bail, but it was revoked after authorities implied more serious charges were coming. Tax’s lawyer has requested his for his client to be freed on bail, but the judge has denied. “The nature and seriousness of the danger the defendant presents is clear,” -US attorney Preet Bharara wrote to Judge Schofield. “He has been convicted of two violent felonies, consistently flouted court orders, proclaimed his willingness to seek out disputes then resolve them with deadly violence, unlawfully obtained a semiautomatic handgun to ensure he could carry out that threat, then opened fire in a public venue, causing death and mayhem. No conditions of pretrial detention can reasonably be expected to protect the community from the defendant.”
In a new development, Bossip reports that murder charges may be attached to the case soon. “Indeed, the Government proffers that it expects witness testimony—which …will further establish that the defendant fired the shot that killed Ronald McPhatter, an associate of [Troy Ave] killed during the shooting,” Bharara wrote to Judge Schofield on April 16.
Troy Ave was charged with attempted murder and weapons charges in connection with that shooting but has said that he wrestled the gun from an unknown person after witnessing Banga’s murder right in front of him.
The judge will hear both sides of the Taxstone case in May.