Atlanta – Fourteen months after the murder of Grandmaster TC Izlam, International Spokesman of the Zulu Nation, accused gunman Taleeb Paige remains in custody at Fulton County Jail pending trial.
Paige, 38, was fingered by his co-defendant Trelle Hough as having shot TC Izlam, whose legal name is Tony Bell, on the afternoon of June 8, 2017, at approximately 2:00 p.m. The shooting happened at 1545 Langston Avenue, within one and a half blocks from the house where Izlam was staying.
Izlam, 51, suffered blunt force injuries of the head, chest, and right upper extremity. Details of his injuries include a laceration on his left eyebrow and abrasions to his left eye, the left side of his nose, right elbow and right forearm. The bullet’s trajectory was left to right, front to back, and downward. Paige stands 6 feet, 3 inches tall to Izlam’s 5’8.
Hough, 20, was arrested on June 12, 2017, four days after the murder, and told police that Paige took unknown belongings from Izlam. An altercation ensued. Paige then produced a handgun and shot Izlam once in the chest. Moments after the shooting, Paige took a gun from Izlam’s person. An ambulance was called, presumably by a witness or someone living on the block, and Izlam was pronounced dead at Grady Hospital.
Another suspect was arrested on June 16, 2017. Dexter Antonio Stroud was arrested for terroristic threats and influencing a witness. He was released on April 28, 2018, after pleading guilty and received a felony with five years probation. Stroud was rearrested in August 2018 for violating probation and aggravated assault and battery. He remains in custody.
Paige was still on the run when Clayton County’s Sheriff Department assisted the Atlanta PD in his apprehension in Jonesboro, GA on Wednesday, June 28, 2017.
On July 5, 2017, Paige and Hough appeared in court, both with public defenders. Paige was remanded with no bond. Hough was listed as a witness and testified that he was in fear of his life and asked the court for a bond. The judge found probable cause on two of the three charges and granted a bond $75,000. Hough’s family could not post bond and he remained in jail but was placed in protective custody. The judge also ordered that Hough and Paige be kept separate in jail, during transport and at the courthouse.
The district attorney declined to prosecute Hough and his charges were dismissed. He was released in November 2017. A trial date has not yet been set for Taleeb Paige and he remains in Fulton County Jail.
Video of TC Izlam Describing a Previous Shooting Incident
HIPSTEPPIN…GIVING THANKS TO BE ALIVE…PUT DEM DAMN GUNS DOWN ALL U LIL SMART DUMB DUDES…AND YES I AM COMING FOR WHAT IS OWED TO ME AND WHAT I INVESTED IN…MY HIP-STEP ZULU NATION…u fuckboys actuallyThought I was gonna walk away and let talk eat off my works.. I told tall I was a P.I.I.M.P= PUT IT IN MY POCKET! See u all soon like a thief in the night…This is for hip-hop!
Posted by Tc Izlam on Monday, May 15, 2017
TC Izlam with the Brazilian firearm described in the above Facebook video