A Murder Plot to Kill a Rapper at Texas Show Ends in Two Arrests

A murder plot to kill a rapper during a show in Austin, Texas was foiled by police at the last moment, with two men being arrested.

Two Men Arrested for Plotting to Kill Rapper

On March 13, it was reported by local Austin news outlet Fox 7 that two men were arrested on March 10 for plotting to kill a rapper performing at a venue in Austin. It was initially reported that the rapper was performing as part of SXSW, which ended on Saturday (March 16), though SXSW said in a statement to the outlet this was not the case on Monday (March 18).

Don Lee Bennett, 39, and Pierre Laday Jones, 38, were arrested and charged with third-degree possession of a firearm by a felon. Jones is additionally facing an additional harassment charge, a Class B misdemeanor.

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How Did Police Foil the Attack?

Court paperwork obtained by Fox 7 says local authorities uncovered the plot after they arrested Jones for being in possession of a handgun on March 10. Jones then allegedly told police two other people were going to attempt to murder a rapper that night, who was not named in the paperwork but who allegedly was set to testify in a separate court case. Jones said he was being paid $450 to meet up with Bennett and another unnamed associate at a venue on East Sixth Street to deliver the handgun.

Jones additionally said the two individuals were coming from Killeen, Texas, and were armed with an AK-47 and five other firearms. SWAT took down Bennett at the club and found him armed with a handgun as well. Pierre Laday Jones is also known as the rapper TTE Notti, and he sat down for an interview with No Jumper back in February.

XXL has reached out to SXSW for further comment.

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