Darryl Bannister Jr.

A man accused in the slaying of the New Orleans-bred rapper known as BTY Young'N was arrested Monday afternoon. 

Darryl "Dino" Bannister Jr., 31, was booked on one count of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of the 27-year-old rapper, who was born Desmone Jerome.

Jerome was gunned down on the night of April 29 at a Shell gasoline station in the 9200 block of Airline Highway in Hollygrove; he was found lying face-up near a pump. 

Police on Friday identified Bannister as a suspect in Jerome's killing. Officials said he was arrested Monday at New Orleans police headquarters, which suggests he surrendered to authorities. 

This is not the first time New Orleans authorities have linked Bannister to a violent crime. He previously pleaded guilty to a state gang racketeering case filed against members of a street crew dubbed "The Taliban," whose home turf was Pigeon Town, the Carrollton neighborhood where Jerome grew up.  

As part of that case, Bannister admitted to his role in a pair of shootings that occurred on the same day in 2012. He received a six-year prison sentence but was out on parole at the time of his arrest in Jerome's slaying, according to state Department of Corrections records. 

Jerome began rapping at the age of 14 and attained fame as an independent artist. However, his profile received a significant boost when Cash Money Records co-founder Bryan "Birdman" Williams signed him to the "Rich Gang" group.

That contract capped off a turbulent journey for Jerome, who spent time in prison after pleading guilty to a lesser charge in an attempted murder case, was on probation for a separate drug possession conviction, and had previously been shot. 

Despite his Cash Money deal, Jerome made it a point to let his social media followers know that he spent time in the area where he grew up. In a video created shortly before his death, he recorded himself at the same gasoline station where his life would later end, challenging his detractors to "pull up" on — or attack — him if they dared. 

Jerome's survivors include his mother and an infant son named Desmone Jerome Jr. His funeral was held earlier this month. 

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