Jameg Blake and Kwame Dancy were neighbors in Harlem.
Now Blake is being accused of murdering Dancy. And, according to the New York Daily News, tweets sent between the two will be presented as important evidence in the murder trial.
The Daily News is suggesting a dispute between the two men started on Twitter and allegedly ended in Dancy being shot fatally in the neck on December 1 in Harlem.
Dancy is said to have sent a tweet, hours before the shooting, that read: ""N-----s is lookin for u don't think I won't give up ya address for a price betta chill asap!" It is thought this may have referred to Blake. Blake is also said to have included insulting comments on his Twitter feed, but none of these mention Dancy by name.
Madeline Smith, Dancy's mother, told the News she was appalled at the thought that Twitter bravado could have led to her son's murder: "That's not a reason to shoot somebody. That's crazy. I don't know what's going on with that Twitter thing."
It is impossible to say to what extent any Twitter argument actually led to the alleged murder. The report suggested that it wasn't the only source of friction between the two men, both 22.
However, sooner or later, just as with Facebook, Twitter will be associated with every human activity, good or bad. Facebook has already been connected with murder threats, as well as divorces and many other mishaps of life.
Although Dancy's mother told the News that her son and Blake were friends, this murder trial might be the first time that tweets are presented as evidence of a bad relationship that led to an alleged killing.