NEW YORK -- A young man arrested in North Carolina for the fatal shooting of a rap music producer was headed Friday to New York to face murder charges, authorities said.
Derrick Blair, 20, of Brooklyn, was nabbed Feb. 13 in Fayetteville, N.C., after a tip by someone who saw a chronicle of the slaying of Paul McKasty on television and alerted authorities to Blair's whereabouts, said Steve Jones, the victim's brother-in-law.
Blair, who had fought extradition, is to be arraigned Monday on murder charges for the July 17 killing of McKasty, who produced music for rap bands including Eric B. and Rakim and Biz Markie, authorities said.
McKasty was shot three times in the head and neck and was found the next day in his home in Rosedale, said Richard Piperno, a spokesman for the Queens District Attorney.
A witness who saw two men leave McKasty's home identified Blair as one of the suspects in a lineup four months ago, Piperno said.
Blair, who was also wanted on a Texas warrant for narcotics charges, was arrested after a re-enactment of the McKasty killing on WNYW-TV's 'New York's Most Wanted' and on a 'Crime Stoppers' television show in Fayetteville, Jones said.
The second suspect remains at large, Piperno said.
Authorities have been unable to determine a motive in the killing of the 24-year-old producer said by his friends to be a rising star.
Patricia McKasty, the victim's sister, said she and the rest of her family were pleased to hear of Blair's arrest.
'It makes a big difference,' she said. 'It's been horrible, more horrible than I ever imagined. Paul was a very loving person and extremely talented. It's very hard to feel like there's any joy left in the world.'
Blair could face a maximum prison sentence of 25 years to life.