Daryl Campbell, who goes by the name Taxstone on his podcast,
appeared on Tuesday in Manhattan federal court. U.S. prosecutors
said in court filings that Campbell's DNA had been found on the
only weapon used in the shooting.
A bodyguard for rapper Troy Ave, Ronald McPhatter, was killed.
Troy Ave, whose real name is Roland Collins, was shot in the
leg, and two concertgoers were also wounded May 25 at Irving
Plaza, where the rapper T.I. was scheduled to perform.
Collins previously pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and
other charges for firing back at Campbell after he was hit.
Campbell and Collins have feuded for years, with Campbell at one
point publicly threatening to shoot Collins if he approached
him, according to federal agents.
Surveillance video shows Campbell entering the room where the
shooting occurred and then running out after four shots were
fired, according to court papers. Video also shows Collins
holding the gun after the shooting and firing a single shot at
Campbell as he ran, authorities said.
At Tuesday's court hearing, Assistant U.S. Attorney Hagan
Scotten argued Campbell should be detained, calling him a danger
to the community and a risk of flight.
He said prosecutors were concerned about witnesses in the case,
saying that Campbell was a member of a "dangerous gang" and has
been arrested more than 20 times, with two felony convictions.
But defense lawyer Kenneth Montgomery said Campbell had numerous
opportunities to flee since the shooting and had not, even after
a SWAT team came to his door on Jan. 3.
He said the evidence showed another individual was the "most
culpable," in an apparent reference to Collins, and said that
Campbell's discussions about his gang involvement years ago on
his podcast were taken out of context.
"He has walked down the path of redemption," he said.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew Peck set bail at $500,000 and
ordered that Campbell remain under house arrest, though he is
allowed to leave to work on his podcast.
"I'm taking a chance on you, Mr. Campbell," he said.
(This version of the story corrects the spelling of prosecutor
Hagan Scotten's first name in paragraph seven)
(Reporting by Nate Raymond; Writing by Joseph Ax; editing by
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