A Texas man shot and killed a young rapper on the rise to fame as the victim drove in his SUV.
Now, he will spend the rest of his life behind bars.
Last month, Mississippi Circuit Judge Winston Kidd handed Antoine Carr, 24, a life term in prison for the shooting death of Lil’ Lonnie Taylor, 22. After a four-day trial, Carr was found guilty and convicted by a jury of first-degree murder.
According to prosecutors, on April 19, 2018, officers responded to a crash scene along the 2300 Block of Monticello Street. When officers arrived, they found Taylor dead inside the vehicle with a gunshot wound to the head.
Later, investigators caught up with Carr in Texas, where he and his co-defendant Monya Davis, 24, were arrested in Texas. Both men were extradited to Mississippi to stand trial.
The motive for the killing remains unclear.
“I am thankful the jury saw the truth and delivered justice for the Taylor family. I hope today is a step toward healing for the family from such a violent and senseless crime,” said Hinds County District Attorney Jody Owens, according to WLBT.
A third suspect Marshun Carr, 21, who was also arrested and extradited from Texas, is set to face trial on July 5. Davis was sentenced to life in prison last year.
Taylor, the 22-year-old rapper was a known name in the music industry as an upcoming entertainer with hit singles such as “Colors” and “They Know What’s Going On” that was released in 2015. Following its success, Taylor released “TKWGO 2” in 2016 and “TKWGO 3” in 2017.
Four months before the victim’s demise, he sat for an interview with Jack Thriller and 50 Cent.
Taylor’s sister Crystal Capler described her brother as a fun-loving individual who loved helping people, reported Mississippi Clarion Ledger.