Kidd Creole has been found guilty of first-degree manslaughter by a New York court in connection with the fatal assault of a homeless man named John Jolly, prosecutors said Wednesday.
The 62-year-old musical artist, a member of the band Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, faces a prison sentence of up to 25 years after a jury returned the verdict after hours of deliberation after the closing arguments of the ‘affair.
Kidd Creole, real name Nathaniel Glover, bowed his head as the jury returned his guilty verdict, an eyewitness in court told Rolling Stone.
The latest: Kidd Creole, 62, has been found guilty of first-degree manslaughter by a New York court in connection with the fatal stabbing of a homeless man named John Jolly, it has been announced prosecutors on Wednesday. He was quashed in 2017 when he was arraigned over the incident
In the years leading up to the stabbing, Glover lived alone in a Bronx apartment and worked at a copy shop.
The incident took place on August 1, 2017, when he was on his way to work and had a confrontation with Jolly, 55, in midtown Manhattan, using a steak knife to stab the man, who died in a nearby hospital after the encounter.
An injured Jolly was found by tourists minutes after he was attacked, prosecutors said, and Glover fled the scene and went to his office, where he washed the knife, then threw it in a sewer at the Bronx subway station, TMZ reported.
Police recovered the gun the next day when Glover was arrested and charged with second degree murder in connection with the stabbing. Since then, he has been held at the Rikers Island prison complex.
Kidd Creole was seen entering Manhattan court last month
John Jolly, 55, died as a result of musical artist’s stabbing
The musical artist was seen earlier this week during the manslaughter trial
Glover told authorities in a taped interview that he “was a little annoyed” thinking Jolly was looking for a romantic date, according to Rolling Stone.
“To tell the truth, I thought he was gay and because I thought he was gay, and he was like, ‘What’s up,’ I thought he thought I was gay,” said said Glover during the interview with the police. , adding that he “got a little nervous” when Jolly approached him.
Glover, who was unaware that Jolly had died from the stab wound at the time of the interview, told police: “I tried to back up a bit, and he moved forward, then I “I just took the knife and stabbed it… I wish I never would have seen it. It’s all my fault, because I chose to stab it. I have to take responsibility for it.”
In the case, prosecutors said Glover had no reason to be afraid of Jolly and linked his actions to potential homophobia. Defense attorneys said Glover was afraid of Jolly and that Jolly’s death was due to a combination of alcohol and a sedative given to him while he was hospitalized.
Glover’s attorney, Scottie Celestin, said police and prosecutors rushed to try his guilt, saying, “They made the suspect walk.” They paraded it in front of the camera, that’s all.
Kidd Creole (second from left) was a member of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, pictured in 1980
The band in 2007 were placed in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, with Jay-Z inducting them
Celestin said medical records obtained years after Jolly’s death indicated the stab wounds did not kill him, but prosecutors pursued the case out of “self-preservation.” and that the testimony of witnesses in the case was “tainted and biased” to aid prosecutors in their “incompetent” and “malicious” attempt to convict Glover.
Celestin noted how Glover “repeatedly” told police that he “didn’t want to hurt” Jolly.
Prosecutor Mark Dahl told jurors that Glover took Jolly’s life “in cold blood” and that none of the witnesses who testified in the case had a vested interest in Glover’s fate.
Dahl also used a two-liter bottle to illustrate the amount of blood Jolly had lost after being stabbed by Glover, and said Glover’s use of the knife illustrated an “intentional” act of violence as opposed to an act defensive.
Glover is scheduled to be sentenced on May 4.
Glover, as Kidd Creole, was a member of the New York-based Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, hailed as a group of pioneers in the hip-hop movement with their signature track, The Message. The band in 2007 were placed in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, with Jay-Z inducting them.