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Troy Ave Dodges Murder Charge in Irving Plaza Shooting

Troy Ave in  2014
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Troy Ave visits 106 & Park at BET studio on May 5, 2014 in New York City. 

Troy Ave won't be charged with murder in the deadly Irving Plaza shooting last month that left one man dead and three, including Troy, injured. A grand jury has indicted the rapper on second-degree attempted murder and four counts of criminal possession of a weapon.

Troy, real name Roland Collins, had previously been arrested and charged with attempted murder after police released an 11-second clip that appeared to show him emerging from one room with blood on his leg and firing a single shot in the direction of people fleeing, with police leaving open the possibility that the charge could be upgraded to murder after gathering more evidence. Troy's bodyguard, Ronald "Banga" McPhatter, was the man killed in the incident, which took place in a green room backstage at the Manhattan concert venue.

“Nothing in this indictment is a surprise or new," his attorney Scott Leemon told Billboard in an email confirming the indictment. "It’s the same wrong story that NYPD has been trying to portray. The video does not show everything nor explain what happened in the VIP room before Troy came running out, as a victim, after he was shot.”

Leemon also said he will request that Troy be released on bail this week, adding that the rapper is not a flight risk. Troy's next court hearing is set for Wednesday, June 22. TMZ first reported the charges.

The shooting took place May 25 at a show with T.I. scheduled to be the headliner, though he did not perform. Since Troy's arrest May 26, both his lawyers, Leemon and John Stella, have maintained his innocence, asserting that he was a victim in the situation and that McPhatter died protecting his friend's life. So far, no other arrests have been made, though rumors have been circling the Internet since a report that police were searching for a second shooter. A gun linked to the scene was found in a car registered to the rapper.

In a mixtape called Free Troy Ave, recorded prior to the shooting but released June 6 with jail phone audio, Troy laid out his version of events on the song's intro: "Locked in the jail but I’m gon’ get free/ I wear icy gold chains, can’t no brass break me/ Pussy n---a tried to assassinate me/ I took the gun from him and turned the tables 'round like a G."


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