Jim Jones Affiliate Max B Held On Bail For Murder & Robbery
Max (born Charly Wingate) was arrested in September under suspicion of masterminding the murder of a Florida man, 29-year-old David Taylor, during a botched robbery at a Fort Lee, NJ Holiday Inn.
According to The Star-Ledger, Prosecutor Catherine Fantuzzi told Judge Harry G. Carroll that Max B's girlfriend, erotic dancer Gina Marie Conway, told Max of meeting two men that drove expensive cars and flashed large amounts of money, leading him to set up the robbery.
Fantuzzi also claimed yesterday at Bergen County Superior Court, that Max B recruited Kelvin Leerdam, a friend from New York, to rob Taylor and Allan "Jay" Plowden, who were staying in two separate rooms at the Fort Lee Holiday Inn.
Authorities claim Conway knocked on Plowden's door about 4 a.m. while Leerdam waited out of sight with a handgun. Plowden was then forced to telephone Taylor, who was shot in the head almost as soon as he entered the room.
The suspects purportedly made off with cash and bound Plowden with duct tape. But they apparently missed about $30,000 in cash, which was found on Plowden after he broke free and tried to leave the hotel, authorities said.
Fantuzzi said cell phone calls immediately before and after the murder link the Dipset affiliate to Leerdam.
Gerald Saluti, Max B's attorney, who claims his client was not even in New Jersey at the time of the fatal shooting, called the evidence third-hand or "hearsay" and argued for a lower bail.
Conway is being held on murder, robbery and conspiracy charges in Bergen County.
Leerandam is also being held on the same charges but in New York, where an extradition hearing is pending. He is also charged with weapons possession.
Max B remains in custody at the Bergen County Jail. The Harlem, NY rapper is presently signed to Jim Jones' Byrd Gang Records and has appeared on numerous Dipset songs.