Wu-Tang Clan Affiliate Shyheim Arrested After Fatal Hit-and-Run Accident
Today (Jan. 9) brings more Wu-Tang Clan-affiliated press outside of Ghostface Killah's appearances on 'Couples Therapy,' but this time it's much more unfortunate. Wu-Tang associate Shyheim Franklin has been arrested following a fatal hit-and-run accident.
Shyheim Franklin, also known as the Rugged Child, turned himself in on Jan. 9 after allegations of his involvement with a car crash that killed Staten Island, N.Y., resident Felipe Avila on New Year's Day. The rapper ran through a stop sign and slammed into Avila's Dodge Ram before parking his Volvo and fleeing the scene on foot.
Before he turned himself in, Franklin posted a video on YouTube asking fans to help supports his legal fees. "You know I'm in a lot of trouble right now and I need help with my legal defense so I can have a fair shot in court," he says.
Leaving the scene of a fatal accident is a Class D felony. The rhymer is facing incarceration plus he has previous run-ins with the law. He was awaiting a trial following a drug and gun bust from April 2013.