On Wednesday, a Manhattan jury needed little time finding rap pioneer Kidd Creole guilty of first-degree manslaughter for stabbing a homeless man to death more than four years ago. The panel reached its decision just hours after lawyers on both sides presented their closing arguments. When the verdict was announced, Glover dropped his head, a courtroom source tells .

Kidd Creole guilty of first-degree manslaughter
Kidd Creole guilty of first-degree manslaughter

The artist, whose legal name is Nathaniel Glover, rose to fame in the early 1980s as an original member of landmark hip-hop collective Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five. He had lived a much quieter life in recent years, working at a copy shop and living alone in a small apartment in the Bronx, NY. His descent into made-for-tabloid infamy unfolded on August 1, 2017, when he encountered John Jolly, a 55-year-old homeless man, on the street in midtown Manhattan.

“I should have just kept going,” Glover, now 62, said to himself one day after the stabbing, while waiting for a police interview to begin. “I should have just kept going.”

Kidd Creole guilty of first-degree manslaughter
Kidd Creole guilty of first-degree manslaughter

He was on his way to work when he had a run-in with Jolly. Glover stabbed Jolly, who died at the hospital shortly thereafter. The next day, New York City police arrested Glover and charged him with second-degree murder.

In a videotaped interview with police following the stabbing, Glover claimed he became irritated after thinking that Jolly was trying to pick him up. “To tell the truth, I thought he was gay and because I thought he was gay, and he was saying that to me, ‘what’s up,’ I was thinking that he was thinking [that] I was gay,” Glover said. “So I was a little annoyed by that.

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“He approached me. I got a little nervous,” Glover claimed. So then I tried to back up a little bit, and he moved forward, and then I just took the knife and stabbed him … I wish I never would have seen him. It’s all my fault, because I chose to stab him. I have to take responsibility for that.”

Kidd Creole guilty of first-degree manslaughter
Kidd Creole guilty of first-degree manslaughter

When Glover made those statements, he did not know at the time that Jolly’s injuries were fatal. Since his arrest, Glover has since been held in the notorious Rikers Island jail complex.

When the prosecution and defense presented closing arguments in Glover’s case, they reiterated their dueling claims. Prosecutors contended that Glover didn’t have any reason to fear Jolly, let alone kill him. They alleged during openings that Glover’s actions might have stemmed from homophobia. Glover’s team has insisted that he stabbed Jolly out of fear. They also argued that Jolly; who was intoxicated, died from the combination of alcohol and a sedative administered at the hospital.

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