Rapper G. Dep’s defense team has managed to turn the tables for their client’s murder case as they are now claiming that the prosecution has had the wrong victim all along.
Last year, MSDTV reported that rapper G. Dep had turned himself in for committing a two-decade old shooting in Harlem. Now the rapper – is rethinking his position and taking his case to trial, insisting that while he was indeed a shooter, the DA has matched him to the wrong victim — in which the prosecutors will now have to validate.
“Why are we here?” defense lawyer Anthony Ricco told a Manhattan Supreme Court jury. “You have to decide whether he is guilty of the crimes charged.”
According the NY Post:
G. Dep was willing to plead guilty to shooting Henkel, a random stranger, during a botched robbery. But prosecutors insisted G. Dep plead to murder, which carries a mandatory minimum of 15 years.
Given the choice between a certain 15 years prison and a roll of the dice at trial, G. Dep is now hoping a jury will find reasonable doubt that he is guilty of Henkel’s murder.
After all, there are some inconsistencies between G. Dep’s confession and the facts of the murder. G. Dep had confessed to shooting a clean-shaven blonde man in a green plaid jacket, for instance. Henkel had brown hair and a beard and was wearing a tan leather jacket.
“He’s not even sure if the per on he said he shot actually got shot,” the lawyer told jurors. “All of you have to decide if the descriptions match up,” he said.
Prosecutors, meanwhile, insist that Henkel is the only victim who fits G. Dep’s confession.
“There are no other homicides even close to fitting the description,” prosecutor David Drucker told jurors.
Testimony is set to begin this afternoon (April 10th) and run two days, with Coleman’s confession tape going into evidence tomorrow.
G. Dep still faces a possible mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years. But despite the risk, he still wants to take responsibility, just not with this vicim, Ricco told jurors.
“He, Trevell Coleman, is seeking his redemption,” the lawyer said.
Of course, MSDTV will keep you posted. Stay Tuned.