According to AllHipHop, Taxstone is set to go on trial for the murder of Troy Ave's bodyguard, Ronald "Banga" McPhatter during a 2016 shooting at Irving Plaza. The trial is set to start on November 12. This comes after he pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm as a felon and receiving a firearm in interstate commerce in 2017. He has still yet to be sentenced.
Taxstone is facing a life sentence for the shooting, which killed McPhatter, wounded rapper Troy Ave and three other people. Troy Ave was seen on surveillance running after Taxstone in the green room of the venue while firing off shots. After an investigation, police found the gun that was used to kill McPhatter in Troy Ave's van, which had Taxstone's DNA on the handgun’s trigger, handgrip, and magazine. Troy Ave's DNA was also found on the gun, but investigators say that Taxstone's friend obtained the gun from someone in Florida.
Taxstone's lawyer Kenneth Montgomery told AllHipHop, "We are preparing for his trial and he is presumed to be innocent."