News: G-Dep Refuses Guilty Plea In Fatal Shooting Case
Thursday, Sep 22, 2011 8:00PM
Former Bad Boy Records rapper G-Dep is going to try his chances in the judicial system by turning down a guilty plea opportunity for a trial related to a fatal 1993 shooting.
According to reports, Dep will try his luck in a courtroom this November.
The 36-year-old turned himself in to clear his conscience of shooting a man in an attempted robbery, only to later learn that the attack was fatal. The DA's office said it would only offer a plea deal for the top count - murder in the second degree - which could put him behind bars for 25 years to life. It is my understanding that the parties have not been able to reach an agreement," Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Michael Obus said. "The people are not willing to offer anything other than a plea to the [top count]." A trial date is set for November 10th. (Hip Hop DX)
In June, Dep reflected on confessing to the early 1990's shooting from a Rikers Island jail.
"Thinking about that day, that whole situation, that incident right there when I went into the precinct," Dep says in the trailer. "That was a real shock. I knew I probably would have to do maybe some time or something was going to be investigated or something like that. But when the detective came back in and said the guy died, it kinda just changed everything." (XXL Mag)
Last December, Dep admitted to being the gunman behind a 1993 murder.
Apparently when Trevell Coleman, AKA rapper G-Dep, came cleanto police about shooting a man in the chest in 1993, he may not have known that he was confessing to killing a guy. He told the Post in a jailhouse interview, "I was surprised -- for some reason, I really didn't think that he died. When they told me, I was like, 'Oh, I'm not going home after this.'" He has now been charged with murder, and faces life in prison. Coleman says he didn't think much of the shooting at the time, but "started to wonder if all the bad things that happened to me in my life were karma for what I did...I thought that if I turned myself in, it might give me closure." So despite the objections of his mother and his girlfriend, he told the police. Now he says, "The only thing I regret is that I have to leave my kids." (Gothamist)
Following the publicized confession, Bad Boy Records CEO Diddy spoke on Dep's legal tribulations.
"You could always feel that if you knew G. Dep, and I can't say it was that, maybe something was troubling his soul," Diddy explained in an interview. "'Cause he was real quiet. He's the type of guy who wouldn't hurt a fly. I don't know what happened in that instance but he did the right thing and manned up to it...He had a real bad drug problem and that could have caused the situation. As a person, that wasn't nothing that he would do. Drugs sometimes make people slip up and make mistakes...Dep was definitely one of the favorite artists I signed to Bad Boy. That's something I really wanted to work out, but that was just like he had personal things he was dealing with and we tried our best with that." (Shade 45)
Check out some past G-Dep footage down below: