Former Bad Boy rapper G-Dep pleads not guilty to ’93 murder | News


Having voluntarily confessed last month to shooting a man in East Harlem 18 years prior, former Bad Boy emcee G-Dep has now pleaded not guilty to the fatal shooting. Currently being held without bail the rapper, real name Trevell Coleman, made his plea at the Manhattan Supreme Court on Thursday.

“After the rapper, whose real name is Trevell Coleman, went to admit his role in the shooting, authorities told him that the victim, , had died as a result of the incident,” reports the Wall Street Journal.

36-year-old Trevell Coleman, who was 18 at the time of the shooting, faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted on a second-degree murder charge. A grand jury also indicted him on manslaughter and criminal use of a firearm charges.

Mr. Coleman, his hands cuffed behind his back, didn’t speak at the arraignment other than to enter his plea. He smiled at the dozen or so supporters he had in the courtroom as he walked in.

After the hearing, his lawyer, Anthony Ricco, said Mr. Coleman still stands by his earlier story that he shot Mr. Henkel Oct. 19, 1993. Mr. Ricco said the not-guilty plea was more of a procedural step, adding that it would allow him time to examine Mr. Coleman’s confession, which he said was likely made while under the influence of drugs.

“We want to make sure what we’re dealing with the reality of what actually happened that night,” he said, explaining that Mr. Coleman has struggled with PCP use over the years. Mr. Ricco said he expects to reach a plea deal with the district attorney’s office.

Asked what prompted Mr. Coleman to come forward, Mr. Ricco said his client “had been haunted by this.” Mr. Ricco said his client’s decision might have been prompted by his drug-abuse program. Such programs are known to push participants to make amends.

Mr. Ricco, who said the case “would’ve stayed cold forever” had his client not come forward, commended Mr. Coleman. “Some will call what he did stupid, but I think he’s doing it to get things right between himself and God,” he said. Mr. Coleman is due back in court Feb. 10. —WSJ.com]

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