Dipset affiliate Max B, who is charged with orchestrating the robbery and murder of a man in a Bergen County hotel last year, was ordered to be held on $2 million bail Tuesday (January 9) in his first appearance in court.
The 28-year-old rapper (real name: charly Wingate) is accused of masterminding the murder of 29-year-old Florida man David Taylor during a botched robbery in September of 2006.
According to the Star-Ledger, Assistant Bergen County Prosecutor Catherine Fantuzzi told Judge Harry G. Carroll that Max B set up the robbery after his girlfriend, exotic dancer Gina Marie Conway, introduced him to two men who flashed "large amounts of money and drove expensive cars."
He then allegedly recruited Kelvin Leerdam, a friend from New York, to rob David Taylor and Allan "Jay" Plowden, who were staying in two separate rooms at the Holiday Inn, Fantuzzi said.
Conway allegedly helped in the robbery, knocking on Plowens door at around 4 a.m. while Leerdam waited out of sight with a handgun. After they entered, they ordered Plowden to call Taylor to the room, who was shot in the head almost immediately after entering the hotel room.
Conway and Leerdam are said to have made off with some cash and duct taped Plowden after leaving, but missed about $30,000 in cash that was found on Plowen after the incident while trying to leave the hotel.
According to the Star-Ledger, Prosecutor Fantuzzi said in court that phone calls immediately before and after the murder link Max B to Leerdam, although Wingate's attorney said his client was not even in New Jersey at the time of the fatal shooting, calling the evidence third-hand or "hearsay."
Max B remains in Bergen County Jail in lieu of bail, as well as Conway, who also faces murder, robbery and conspiracy charges, while Leerdam is in New York awaiting an extradition hearing.
The rapper is signed to Jim Jones' Byrd Gang Records.