RACINE COUNTY — His rap song posted online served as a sort-of confession. A 17-year-old boy, charged in connection with the murder of 19-year-old Semar McClain, which happened when the boy was just 15 years old has been found guilty by a jury.
Tommy Canady on Thursday, December 8th was found guilty of two felony charges: First degree intentional homicide, use of a dangerous weapon, and one count of armed robbery.
It took jurors about an hour-and-a-half to return the guilty verdict.
Canady will be sentenced on February 10th.
Semar McClain was gunned down in an armed robbery incident on July 29th, 2014 — near Blake Street and Albert Street in Racine.
McClain’s family members told FOX6 News he was in town for a friend’s funeral.
The criminal complaint filed against Canady says police were dispatched to the 1300 block of Blake Avenue in Racine around 5:00 p.m. on July 29th — for a report of a man down.
There, they discovered McClain dead of a single gunshot wound to the head. McClain’s body was discovered in a backyard in the 1300 block of Blake Avenue — near an east alley.
The complaint against Canady says an evidence technician with the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office recovered a projectile from McClain’s right temple area.
In the early morning hours of July 29th, police responded to a shooting in the area of Quincy Avenue and Olive Street in Racine. There, a 15-year-old boy suffered gunshot wounds to his back and face. A projectile was recovered from a garage in the area of this shooting.
An additional shooting was reported on July 29th — in the 1700 block of Green Street in Racine. There, it was learned that a 16-year-old was shot — and a projectile was recovered from a basement.
The complaint against Canday says the projectiles from these three shootings were taken to the Wisconsin Crime Lab — where they were analyzed. There, it was determined that the bullet recovered from McClain, and the bullet recovered from the Quincy Avenue/Olive Street shooting shared similar characteristics, and likely came from the same type of firearm.
The third bullet — from the shooting that occurred on Green Street was from a .380 handgun — according to the state’s Crime Lab.
McClain’s father told investigators he knew McClain to carry a black/chrome .380 handgun.
Investigators spoke with a witness — who reported seeing McClain and Canady together earlier on July 29th. That witness said McClain was holding a .380 handgun, and Canady was holding a .38 caliber revolver. That witness reported the two were discussing trading and/or selling the guns to one another.
A second witness corroborated this story.
On August 6th, investigators executed a “no knock” search warrant at Canady’s home — and recovered the firearms (the .380 handgun and the .38 revolver).
Investigators were eventually contacted regarding a website through which songs can be uploaded (Sound Cloud) — and investigators observed a profile picture they knew to be of Tommy Canady — in which he was holding a firearm.
Investigators were able to determine the firearm was the same .380 handgun recovered from Canady’s residence — and the same firearm that the witnesses told investigators McClain was trying to trade or sell earlier on July 29th.
The complaint says a song called “I’m out here” was posted to the “Sound Cloud” website on July 31st — two days after McClain was killed.
Investigators listened to the lyrics — and in this particular song, Canady was heard to rap the following lyrics: “Get Semar slipping, walking through the alley, (expletive) tried to run like an athlete, but bullets catch (expletive), bullets run track meets, bullet hit the (expletive) head and he falls to his toes, he thinks he’s (expletive) now he’s getting exposed.”
The complaint says the song went on to say: “I’ll kill (expletive) real quick and snatch his gold. I’ll set you up — don’t get me wrong.”
Investigators say there was no firearm found on or near McClain’s body — and there was no cash on him — but his pockets were pulled out, indicating items had been taken from him during the course of his death — according to the complaint.
“It was a cold, heartless, heinous act here — placing a rap video online, basically bragging about what he did here,” Racine County District Attorney Richard Chiapete said.
The rap video is something that made McClain’s family members sick.
“You wonder — how can a person do that and just be okay with it? It doesn’t make sense,” McClain’s sister Semaja McClain said.
Canady’s family members defended him after charges were filed.
“There’s no proof that he did it,” Canaday’s aunt, Lashekay Hill said.
“He’s not no killer. He’s loved. I’m his auntie and he was raised right. He wasn’t raised as a killing, violent person as people make him to be,” Canady’s aunt, Tanicka Farrington said.