News: G. Dep Changes His Murder Rap, Denies '93 Fatal Shooting

Wednesday, Apr 11, 2012 4:03PM

Written by Biz Jones

Things have taken a bizarre twist in jailed rapper G. Dep's current murder trial as the one-time Bad Boy Records artist now claims he did not murder John Henkel nearly 20 years ago.

According to reports, Dep is no longer claiming responsibility for Henkel's death.

Right perp, wrong shooting. The rapper G. Dep has turned the tables on the same hard-ball-playing Manhattan prosecutors who wouldn't give him less than 15 years on his confession to a cold-case shooting. The rapper is taking his case to trial and insisting only now that while he was indeed a shooter, the DA has matched him to the wrong victim -- a tactic that has sent prosecutors scrambling to review their two-decade old Harlem shooting cases to prove they have it right. "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." (New York Post)

Whether a defensive ploy or the truth, Dep's denial could stand a chance in court.

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 person 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. (New York Post)

Jury selection officially took place earlier this week.

Jury selection is scheduled to start Monday. Defense lawyer Anthony Ricco and fellow G. Dep lawyer Neville Mitchell didn't return calls this week; the Manhattan district attorney's office declined to comment. G. Dep, who is being held without bail, has pleaded not guilty. (Associated Press)

Last year, Dep turned down an opportunity to plead guilty on murder charges.

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)

On December 15, 2010, G. Dep walked into a police precinct to turn himself in and confessed to shooting a man, not knowing he had died, in 1993.

Check out a pre-jail G. Dep interview down below:

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