A New York rapper affiliated with the Wu-Tang Clan has surrendered to police after he was allegedly involved in a fatal hit-and-run early on New Year's Day (01Jan14). Shyheim Franklin turned himself in to police on Wednesday (08Jan14) in connection to the death of 29-year-old Felipe Avila, who was killed in a car crash as he made his way to work at a local bakery in Staten Island.
Franklin, 36, stands accused of failing to obey a stop sign and slamming into Avila's car. He then reportedly hit a parked vehicle and abandoned his borrowed Volvo as he ran off.
The rapper, who was already on bail for a drug and gun arrest last April (13), is now facing a felony charge of leaving the scene of a fatal accident.
A day before surrendering to cops (07Jan14), Franklin shared a video message on YouTube.com asking fans for donations to cover the costs of his mounting legal woes.
He said, "Yo, to all of my family, friends and fans, reaching out, being support (sic). You know, I'm in a lot of trouble right now and I need help for my legal defence so I can have a fair shot in court".
Franklin, who has a long criminal record, has previously recorded music with the Wu-Tang's RZA and Tupac Shakur under the stage names Manchild, Little Shyheim and The Rugged Child, while he also once shared the stage with the late Notorious B.I.G. at Madison Square Garden.
Rapper Shyheim has been released on bail after he was arrested in New York following a drug raid on his home. The hip-hop star and frequent Wu-Tang Clan collaborator was taken into custody in Staten Island after a police search of his home on 19 April (13) allegedly turned up a revolver, five rounds of ammunition, 41 small bags of heroine, and other drug paraphernalia.
The rapper, born Shyheim Franklin, was booked at Rikers Island on a slew of of misdemeanour and felony charges, including second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, but he was released on Friday (26Apr13) after posting $10,000 (£6,250) bail.
The 33 year old has spoken out to protest his innocence, telling HipHopDX.com, "My mind is all over the place you know what I'm sayin', but it is some very serious charges, I'm looking at some serious (jail) time of course... I really can't talk about the case, but you know... I (maintain) my innocence, I'm innocent. And that's that. I don't really know what else to say: I'm out, I'm okay, I'm healthy (and) I wanna thank everybody for their support...
"There's a lot of illegal stuff that went down in the procedures that wasn't supposed to take place but my attorneys is on it and you know we gonna fight (the charges). I'm not the first person that this happened to, there's a lot of innocent people in the prison system today and it's just sad but true (that) you're guilty until you're proven innocent (sic)."
Franklin previously served time behind bars for an attempted robbery in 2002.
Rapper Shyheim Franklin has been arrested in New York. The hip-hop star, whose cousin and frequent collaborator is Wu-Tang Clan star Ghostface Killah, has been taken into custody in Staten Island after a police raid on his home on Friday (19Apr13) allegedly turned up a revolver, five rounds of ammunition, 41 small bags of heroine, and other drug paraphernalia.
Franklin was booked at Rikers Island on a slew of of misdemeanour and felony charges, including second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
His bail has been set at $10,000 (GBP6,250), according to local publication Staten Island Advance.