Rapper Kidd Creole pleads not guilty to murder

Nathaniel Glover was accused of murdering a homeless man on Aug. 1.

ByAARON KATERSKY and LESLEY MESSER
August 23, 2017, 2:30 PM
PHOTO: Rapper Kidd Creole, whose real name is Nathaniel Glover, is arraigned in New York City, Aug. 3, 2017, after he was arrested on a murder charge.
Rapper Kidd Creole, whose real name is Nathaniel Glover, is arraigned in New York City, Aug. 3, 2017, after he was arrested on a murder charge.
Steven Hirsch/New York Post/AP

— -- A grand jury returned a second degree murder indictment against hip hop pioneer Nathaniel Glover, aka “Kidd Creole,” who pleaded not guilty to the charges on Wednesday at his arraignment in Manhattan Supreme Court.

Glover was remanded and ordered back into court Sept. 6 for defense motions and a possible bail application.

Glover, a founding member of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, was on his way to work in Manhattan Aug. 1 when he had an encounter with a homeless man, later identified as John Jolly.

According to the criminal complaint, which was obtained by ABC News, Glover and Jolly got into a dispute, and Glover allegedly "pulled out a knife that he had attached to his forearm with rubber bands and stabbed [Jolly] in the chest with the knife two times."

Court records show Glover voluntarily gave a videotaped statement to police after they showed up at his house in the Bronx. The arresting officer said Glover gave a brief account of the incident, identified himself and the victim in three screen shots taken from surveillance video and showed the police where he discarded the knife.

Police said Glover believed Jolly was either propositioning him or preparing to rob him. The criminal complaint notes that Glover told police that he stabbed Jolly because he was afraid of him.

At the time of the incident, Glover was working as a security guard at a building near where the stabbing took place.

Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five’s 1982 single "The Message" is ranked number 52 on the Rolling Stone magazine list of greatest songs of all time. The group, whose career spanned through the 1970s and 1980s, was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.

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