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Virginia Rapper Twain Gotti Boasts about Killing in Lyrics, Gets Busted for Double Murder

Police in Newport News, Virginia say they’ve solved a cold-case double homicide with the help of a local rapper, who allegedly boasts about the killings in the lyrics of one of his songs.

WAVY reports Antwain Steward, aka ‘Twain Gotti,’ was arrested earlier this month on suspicion of double homicide. Newport News police say Steward’s own lyrics led them to the rapper. In his song “Ride Out,” he raps:

“Listen, walk to your boy and I approached him, 12 midnight on his traphouse porch and everybody saw when I fuckin’ choked him. But nobody saw when I fuckin’ smoked him, roped him, sharpened up the shank then I poked him, 357 Smith & Wesson scoped him.”

Police have charged Steward with the murders of 16-year-old Christopher Horton and 20-year-old Brian Dean, who were shot to death in May 2007 in a gang-related incident on the front porch of Dean’s home in Newport News. According to court documents, investigators believe Steward and Horton had gotten into an argument earlier during the day on which the latter was killed. Steward is believed to have been a member of the Wickzoo street gang at the time of Horton’s death; the victim reportedly belonged to Dump Squad, a rival gang.

Steward refutes the charge against him. On Tuesday, he tweeted, “Don’t believe that BS.” Later that day he tweeted, “S/o to everybody that’s supporting through the BS. Innocent is a fact!!!! Y’all know with love comes hate!!”

Steward was previously arrested in 2011 in connection with a drive-by shooting in the neighboring city of Hampton.

Following his most recent arrest, Steward was charged with two counts of felony murder, one count of unlawfully discharging a firearm and two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. He is being held without bond in the Newport News City Jail.

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