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1980s Rapper The Kidd Creole Pleads Not Guilty to Deadly Stabbing of Homeless Man

Nathaniel Glover, 57, confessed to the stabbing the man and told cops he was "extremely remorseful," police said

What to Know

  • Nathaniel Glover, aka The Kidd Creole, was charged with murder in the deadly stabbing of John Jolly, a homeless convicted sex offender
  • The 55-year-old victim was stabbed on a street in east midtown on Aug. 1 and later died
  • The Kidd Creole was part of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, best known for their hit rap song, "The Message"

Nathaniel Glover, aka The Kidd Creole of the pioneering rap group Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, has pleaded not guilty to murder in the deadly stabbing of a homeless man in Manhattan earlier this month. 

Glover was in court Wednesday morning to answer to the murder charge. The New York County District Attorney filed an indictment against him. He was scheduled to be back in court on Sept. 6. 

Glover, a 57-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, was arrested and charged with murder after being questioned in connection with the Aug. 1 slaying. 

Glover confessed to stabbing the man, later identified as 55-year-old John Jolly. Assistant District Attorney Mark Dahl says Glover told him he became infuriated when he thought John Jolly was hitting on him on a midtown street.

Dahl says Glover became convinced Jolly was going to rob him so he stabbed him with a knife.

Surveillance video shows the two men arguing before the stabbing, according to a criminal complaint, which says Glover pulled out a knife he had attached to his forearm with rubber bands and stabbed Jolly in the chest twice. A witness said she saw Jolly fall to the ground a couple of minutes later, where he lay unconscious and bleeding from the chest. 

A senior law enforcement official said Glover admitted the argument just got out of hand, and police told News 4 the rapper was "extremely remorseful" for what happened. 

Glover was arraigned in a Manhattan criminal court on a murder charge and was returned to jail without bail. His lawyer declined comment. 

Jolly was found with two stab wounds to his chest near Third Avenue and East 44th Street shortly before midnight on Aug. 1, according to police. Cops say he may have been stabbed somewhere else before collapsing at the spot a couple of blocks from Grand Central Terminal.

He was taken to Bellevue Hospital and pronounced dead less than an hour later, police said. Jolly had been staying at a homeless shelter in the Bowery and had 17 prior arrests, officials said. 

Jolly's cousin, Cheryl Horry, spoke with News 4 and refuted some things being reported about Jolly, including that he may have come on to Glover, and that he was homeless. She said he lived in transitional housing on West 105th Street and that he planned to move into an apartment soon.

Glover has four prior arrests, the most recent being in 2007 for possession of a knife. In 1995 and 1982, he was arrested for possessing a gun, according to police. A fourth arrest is sealed. Glover worked security at a building on 44th Street near where the victim was found. 

Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five formed in the Bronx in the late 1970s. They're most known for their influential 1982 rap song, "The Message." The group broke up in the late 1980s. 

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