October 3, 2013 NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – A Newport News man accused of killing two people and then rapping about it in a song appeared in court Wednesday.
Police say Antwain Steward, who goes by the name Twain Gotti, made a big mistake when he recorded the track “Ride Out.” Investigators believe Steward brags about how he killed Brian Dean and Christopher Horton in 2007 through his lyrics:
“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, roped him, had me crackin up so I joked him, it’s betweezy six feet ova, told ya [expletive] with my money I’ll roast ya.”
The song was posted to MySpace in March of 2009. Warning: the song contains lyrics that may be offensive to some.
On July 8, 2013, warrants were issued for Steward’s arrest in connection to the double homicide. He was arrested the next day. Three days later, detectives said Steward used another inmate’s number to call his girlfriend. The girlfriend told Steward his mother wanted to send someone to clear or clean his computer, court documents said.
The documents also state another man contacted an unknown male and asked who was going to get the computer from Steward’s mother’s house and get the music out.
Due to the evidence, a search warrant was issued more than one home and several computers, cell phones and other electronic items were seized.
In court Wednesday, a man — whose identity is sealed under court order — testified he saw Steward and Horton fighting in the street two days before Horton was killed. He also told the court he was with Steward months later when he recorded “Ride Out.” He said he told Steward the lyrics were “too hot,” meaning they gave too much information.
He also testified Steward said “I slumped him” about Horton and that he “caught him slippin” about Dean, meaning Dean was trying to escape into the house on Orcutt Avenue when he was shot on the porch.
Steward’s attorney, James Ellenson, doesn’t buy the testimony.
“That witness, I don’t know that he has ever met my client ever in his life except for being a jail house snitch. He’s a nine-time convicted felon.”
The defense believes that felon and another who testified are just trying to get time off their own sentences. The second felon testified he saw Stewart with a gun, and so did a neighbor who picked Stewart out of a line up five years later after the murders.
“To me, the case is pretty weak at this point,” Ellenson said.
The judge said the evidence is not beyond a reasonable doubt, but ruled it is enough to press forward with a trial.
According to court documents, Steward along with two other suspects were involved in a street gang called Wickzoo in 2007. That gang is now called MOR3SH3LLZ, and detectives say Steward is suspected to be its leader. Additionally, detectives said Horton was part of the street gang called Dump Squad in Newport News.
Police say Steward and Horton were in opposing gangs. Dean was a friend of Horton who was staying at Horton’s home at the time of the murders.
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