T Ward (Troy Ward) has been found guilty of 2017 triple homicide after his own rap lyrics match the crime committed. According to the sources, the 21-year-old rapped about details only the killer would’ve known.
Prosecutors played the song in question during the trial and noted each victim was shot in the chest — “two shots to the body”— and in the head — “two shots to the dome,” which Ward raps in the song. Consequently, Ward was convicted of murder and robbery charges in 2018.
Ward's attorney then took the case to the state appeals court, last November, insisting that “the song was a form of artistic expression, not an admission of guilt." However, the Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Mears argued that there was “no mistaking the specificity of the lyrics,” which matched the exact details of the incident; hence the conviction was sustained.
The three victims were killed after Ward and four others robbed 19-year-old marijuana dealer Justin Crowder. On July 16, 2017, Ward and his entourage arrived at Crowder’s apartment. One of them knocked on the door while Ward hid. As soon as Crowder opened the door, they started shooting. Crowder and his roommates Dominique Miller and Jordan Wright were killed. The assailants grabbed a safe from Crowder’s room and fled to the getaway car where two other accomplices were waiting.
A song of Ward’s discovered on SoundCloud called “I’m Different” reportedly details the evening’s events. “I creep up to the door silently and slow/I opened up that (expletive) and now we clashing poles/Two shots to the body two shots to the dome/Finesse the (expletive) stash and then I took it home,” he raps.
It also includes detail about swimming trunks. One of the victims was allegedly wearing swimming trunks when he was shot. “When you take all of those things together, that song is pretty consistent with the facts of the case,” Mears said. “We pretty much broke it down, lyric by lyric.”