Convicted murderers record rap videos behind bars

Convicted murderers record rap videos behind bars

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Nineteen-year-old TK Hancock was ambushed and murdered five years ago in Memphis.

Three men were later convicted and two of them not only shared a prison cell behind bars at one time, but also had a penchant for producing rap videos with smuggled cell phones.

The family of the man 22-year-old Leterpa Mosley was convicted of killing cannot believe the fun he's had behind bars.

"Prison is not what it's supposed to be. If they're in prison having fun, making videos and music, something is wrong," said the victim's aunt, Belinda Hatcher. "Very outgoing kid -- very smart, always willing to help anyone who needed help."

Hancock, a new father, was shot and killed during a robbery attempt in November 2009 while sitting in his car outside the Hollywood branch library. He was a sophomore at the University of Memphis.

WMC covered the case then, including the arrests of three teenagers caught on camera leaving the scene. Now cameras capture something else.

Twenty-one-year-old Lavino Horne, who was convicted of murder, has been recording raps while in prison.

In fact, WMC found dozens of Facebook posts and YouTube videos featuring Mosley and Horne, some pre-produced by off-site friends who edited them into full-fledged videos.

Tracy Hancock was TK's sister.

"It's kind of like reopening a wound. We've grieved for five years, are trying to let it go, and all of this pops back up again," said Hancock. "It's just hurtful all over again."

Adding insult to injury, WMC also discovered the convicted co-defendants shared a cell for 14 months at the Northwest Correctional Complex in Tiptonville, Tennessee.

"You have two criminals who have planned a murder and carried it out, executed somebody, and they're sharing a cell," added Hatcher.

Johnie Carter is special agent in charge of the West Tennessee Violent Crime and Drug Task Force and Vice President of the Tennessee Gang Investigators Association..

"I actually did some research into that and found there were no laws or policies preventing that," said Carter.

Carter's research also revealed hidden signals to fellow gang members in these raps.

"You know, if they have the means, if they can get a cell phone smuggled in, they will use any means necessary to recruit or retain or send messages," added Carter.

A spokesperson for the Tennessee Department of Corrections says Mosley and Horne no longer share a cell and are under investigation by its Office of Compliance and Supervision; a point at which TK Hancock's family believes things should have never gotten.

"I can't visit my brother, I can't call him, none of that stuff and then they're making videos and getting phones. I mean, you know, that's just not right," said Hancock.

State prison records show correctional officers have caught Mosley and Horne with contraband phones three times. State records show Mosley's punishment for getting caught with a phone.. First, a $5 fine and the second time a $4 fine.

After officers found a smartphone hidden in the duo's cell in September. Horne's Facebook page has disappeared and many of the duo's videos went with it. However, Horne was back online with a new profile just a few weeks later.

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