Two men have been charged in the death of BTY YoungN
Thirty-one-year-old Darryl “Dino” Bannister and 27-year-old Kyron D. Williams were charged with second-degree murder in connection with YoungN’s death on September 14. The rapper, born Desmone Jerome, was gunned down at a Shell station in New Orleans neighborhood Hollygrove.
Bannister was arrested in May in connection with the crime. Williams remains at large and police have been searching for him since naming him as a suspect on September 1. While authorities haven’t released a reason for naming Williams as a suspect, they connected Bannister to the crime via a dropped cell phone that was found at the scene.
Bannister maintains his innocence , saying that his cell phone was stolen from him earlier in the same night while he was at a party. The New Orleans Police Department admitted that they found DNA that was not Bannister’s on the phone, but they haven’t released information about whose DNA was also on the phone.
Det. Clinton Givens counters the idea that Bannister’s phone was stolen. In his report on the case, he says that phone numbers that Bannister normally called were dialed after he claims to have lost his phone. He also added that cellphone tower pings paint a picture of Bannister following YoungN from a pool hall to the gas station.
“It appeared that Mr. Bannister was surveilling the victim prior to the following him to the location,” he wrote.
Bannister remains in prison with his bond set at $1 million. Should Williams be brought in, his bond is also $1 million.
If Bannister or Williams are found guilty, they could face up to life in prison.
Who was YoungN?
People close to YoungN said he made a positive impact on his community. “He was a very uplifting individual,” his cousin Glenn Bell told the Times-Picayune. “A very positive individual. Very impactful…Rap is his career, not was. He’s going to live on.”
“He would literally give you the shirt off his back. He loved kids to death. It’s just rough,” his mother Gabrielle Jerome told The Advocate.
She added that she thinks her son was murdered by people who were envious of his success. “Jealousy is behind it. Because of his success as a rapper,” she said.
While Jerome admitted openly to his previous associations with crime and hustling, he had signed with Cash Money prior to his death.
“You doin your thing makin noise, you know what I’m sayin, you going to be catching these people ears or catching these people’s eyes,” Jerome said in a video around the time of his signing. “Once I met Bird, we linked up … we locked it in. Big Business. Cash Money.”
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