A month and a half after his arrest for involvement in a shooting at a New York City concert venue, Troy Ave was released on bond on Monday (July 11).
According to the New York Daily News, after weeks of a judge refusing to set a bond for the rapper, it was ultimately set at $500,000 and secured by his mother's home. The news comes six weeks after a May 26 shooting at a T.I. concert at Irving Plaza, which resulted in multiple injuries — including to Troy, who was shot in the leg — as well as the death of his bodyguard, Ronald McPhatter.
A surveillance video of the incident showed Troy firing a gun, though his legal team has claimed it was not the bullet that killed McPhatter.
Troy doubled down on that claim on his June mixtape, Free Troy Ave: “Pussy n***a tried to assassinate me / I took the gun from him and turned the tables 'round like a G.”
As part of his release, the Brooklyn native has to wear an ankle bracelet, cannot leave New York City, is not allowed to go to performance venues, and is also prohibited from seeing his two children in New Jersey.
Assistant District Attorney Joshua Steinglass said they still do not know if Troy was the lone shooter or if others were involved. His defense attorney, John Stella, though, remains confident: "We feel that we have a case to present that's ultimately going to exonerate him and indicate that his actions were justified."