A Bronx man best known as a founding member of pioneering rap group Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five was convicted of manslaughter on Wednesday in the fatal stabbing of a homeless man on a Midtown Manhattan sidewalk there five years old.
The man, Nathaniel Glover, who performed as Kidd Creole, was found guilty after a trial in which prosecutors described to the jury how, on his way to work in August 2017, Mr Glover had killed homeless John Jolly. , 55, during an argument on East 43rd Street.
The episode began when Mr. Glover passed Mr. Jolly on the street and the two exchanged words, according to prosecutors. Mr Glover turned around, approached Mr Jolly and met him chest to chest before stabbing him twice in the chest with a steak knife, prosecutors said.
After a group of tourists found Mr. Jolly collapsed on the ground, he was taken to hospital, where he died of stab wounds, prosecutors said. Mr. Glover rushed two blocks from where he was working at the time, changed clothes and cleaned the knife in a sink, prosecutors said.
About 15 minutes later, prosecutors say, Mr. Glover left his workplace, boarded the subway, and threw the knife into a sewer near a Bronx subway station, where he was later found by the police. He was arrested the next day.
“Nathaniel Glover committed a shocking act of violence,” Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg said in a statement. “This conviction is a clear signal that my office will hold those who commit violent crimes accountable to the full extent of the law.”
Mr Glover’s lawyer, Scottie Celestin, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the verdict.
At the time of Mr. Glover’s arrest, authorities said the murderous encounter, which was captured on security video, began because Mr. Glover believed Mr. Jolly was making a sexual advance when he said, “What’s up? as Mr. Glover passed him. According to prosecutors, Mr. Glover believed the comment indicated that Mr. Jolly thought he was gay.
Mr Glover, under his stage name, was among the members of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five who were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2007 – the first rap group to achieve the accolade.
The group is considered one of the most influential early practitioners of hip-hop. Their 1982 song “The Message” was one of the first of its kind to address social issues, describing the difficulties of being poor and living in the ghetto. It has long been considered one of hip-hop’s finest compositions and had a major impact on generations of artists that followed.
Mr Glover, 61, is due to be sentenced on May 4.