Thaddaeus McAdams/WireImageTroy Ave was released on bail Monday. The rapper was indicted on one charge of second degree attempted murder and four counts of weapons possession, due to his alleged involvement in a May shooting at a T.I. concert at New York City’s Irving Plaza concert venue.
Ave’s friend, Ronald McPhatter, died following the shooting. Ave was indicted based on video footage that reportedly shows the rapper shooting at people in the venue’s green room. Ave, who pleaded not guilty, was not charged with the death of McPhatter.
In June, the rapper showed up to court in a wheelchair, after having been shot during the Irving Plaza incident. His attorneys denied police claims that Troy Ave shot himself.
On Monday, prosecutors stated that after seven weeks, the “precise manner and circumstances” of how McPhatter was killed remain under investigation. However, they believe that the investigation was hampered by Ave, and that he and his entourage transported several guns to and from the venue.
Ave’s DNA was on each of the three loaded hand guns previously found in his car, including the one that killed McPhatter. Ave is still charged with attempted murder for firing his weapon in Irving Plaza.
Defense attorney John Stella states that Ave declined a request to speak to police at the present time.
“That was the extent of the cooperation that they asked of him,” he said. “I don’t see it as him not cooperating. In terms of how everything is going to shake out, I really can’t speculate.”
As for the rapper’s release, Stella is both grateful and hopeful for Ave’s continued healing.
“He really needs an opportunity to fully recover from his…wounds,” he said.
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