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Local rapper arrested in rape case involving Mystikal

By Kyle Blankenship | Herald staff writer​ ​ ​

Averweone Holman, a Killeen rap artist known as Lil Hood, was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Friday in connection to a high-profile rape investigation involving rapper Mystikal in Shreveport, Louisiana, in October 2016.

Dan Phillips of the U.S. Marshals office in Waco said Holman and a woman, Jessica Banks, were arrested in Killeen, but he did not specify where or at what time the arrest was made.

Holman, 26, is currently being held in the Bell County Jail on a $2 million bond.

Mystikal, a New Orleans rapper also known as Michael Lawrence Taylor who was also charged with first-degree rape, surrendered to the Caddo Correctional Center in Shreveport Monday, according to CBS affiliate KSLA-TV in Shreveport.

Banks, who Phillips said was arrested on charges of assaulting an officer, was not in the Bell County Jail records Monday.

Holman and Mystikal were frequent collaborators in recent years, with Holman featuring on Mystikal’s song “Monsta” in 2016. Mystikal and Holman also collaborated on Holman’s 2015 song “Still in Denial.”

Holman and Mystikal performed together in the Killeen area as recently as September 2015 during an album release party at Club Fuego in Harker Heights, according to a Facebook post.

According to KSLA-TV, investigators reportedly collected evidence at a casino in Shreveport matching Holman and Mystikal to the rape of a female victim.

Both Mystikal and Holman were charged with one felony count of first-degree rape with a bond set at $2 millon each.

A warrant was also issued for 42-year-old Tenichia Wafford, of Harker Heights, who authorities said made contact with the victim to convince her to drop the charges against Mystikal and Holman.

Wafford faces an accessory charge with a bond set at $200,000.

Cpl. Marcus Hynes with the Shreveport Police Department said Wafford had not surrendered to the department by 4:50 p.m. Monday.

kyleb@kdhnews.com | 254-501-7567

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