Remy Ma: ‘Innocent Until Proven Guilty’ – Rapper Backs Son After Murder Charge

by Grace Somes
Remy Ma and Son || Image credit: @remyma

Remy Ma’s 23-year-old son has been charged with murder in a New York City shooting.

Authorities said on Wednesday that the rapper’s son has been arrested in a 2021 murder of a man in Queens.

Police said that Jayson Scott, 23, and Richard Swygert, 22, the other suspect, were charged on Tuesday with first-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of Darius Guillebeaux, 47, on June 7, 2021.

The shooting in 2021 took place in Queens, the NYPD confirmed to PEOPLE.

On June 7, 2021, officers were called to the intersection of 148 Street and Rockaway Boulevard in response to a report of a male shot.

“Upon arrival, officers observed a 47-year-old male, unconscious and unresponsive, with multiple gunshot wounds to the head and chest,” police said. “EMS responded to the location and transported the victim to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, where he was pronounced deceased.”

The New York Police Department said in a statement to PEOPLE that Scott is accused of first- and second-degree murder, first-degree reckless endangerment, and two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, first-degree murder, and reckless endangerment were also brought against the other suspect, 22-year-old Richard Swygert, according to the police.

It’s unclear if either Scott or Swygert have retained attorneys who can comment on their behalf. An arraignment is expected Wednesday.

According to PEOPLE, a rep for Remy Ma issued a statement PEOPLE on Wednesday afternoon.

“As many have heard, Remy Ma’s son, Jayson Scott, was recently arrested, and very serious unfounded allegations have been made. Remy Ma wished to address this situation personally but has been strongly advised by our office not to say anything publicly.

“To be clear, Jayson Scott is innocent, and Remy Ma is committed to proving his innocence and fully supporting her child during this time.”

Remy Ma has had her own legal issues in the past. She began her career in 1998 as a member of the Terror Squad rap group, which included artists like Fat Joe and Big Pun.

Following a shooting in New York in 2007, she was found guilty of assault, possession of a weapon, and attempt to coerce, and she was sentenced to six years in prison.

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