Local rapper acquitted of murder charges

A still from Steward's music video for "Ride Out."
A still from Steward's music video for "Ride Out."

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — A Newport News rap artist is now facing more than 10 years behind bars, but he is no longer facing murder charges.

On Monday, Antwain Steward was sentenced to 16 years in prison for one count shooting into an occupied dwelling and two counts use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. He was acquitted of two murder charges in May.

The charges stemmed from an arrest last July when detectives received at tip that the 23-year-old composed a song called “Ride Out,” that described how he killed two people in 2007.

A still from Steward's music video for "Ride Out."
A still from Steward’s music video for “Ride Out.”

“Listen, walk to your boy and I approached him, 12 midnight on his traphouse porch and everybody saw when I [expletive] smoked him, roped him, sharpened up the shank then I poked him, 357 Smith & Wesson [unintelligible] scoped him,” Steward bragged in the track.

At the time, police said they believed the rapper, who goes by Twain Gotti, shot Brian Dean and 16-year-old Christopher Horton outside Dean’s home.

The case had gone cold, but a new detective was assigned to the case in 2011, and the tip, gave the investigation new momentum. Steward and two other suspects were identified, and more tipsters told police Horton and Steward had been in a fight around the time of the shooting.

Detectives said the shootings were gang-related, that all three suspects were part of a street gang called Wickzoo in 2007.

For more information about what led police to charge Steward in the case, watch WAVY’s Jason Marks report from July 2013 below:

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