News: G. Dep Convicted In '93 NYC Fatal Shooting Case

Tuesday, Apr 17, 2012 4:25PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

After a week-long murder trial, former Bad Boy Records rapper G. Dep, has been convicted of a 1993 robbery that resulted in Dep shooting and fatally injuring a young man.

According to reports, Dep's long-awaited verdict for his crime was announced earlier today (April 17).

A once-rising rapper has been convicted of a 1993 New York City killing after recently telling police he'd shot someone while trying to rob him years ago. Jurors delivered their verdict Tuesday in G. Dep's murder trial. The rapper, born Trevell Coleman, faces at least 15 years in prison. (Wall Street Journal)

Despite Dep coming forward two years ago to confess to the shooting that took place over 17 years prior at the time, his attorney claims he holds no regrets.

Although Coleman now faces a up to life in prison in prison, defense attorney Anthony Ricco said the rapper never regretted his decision to come forward, even after his mother urged him to keep quiet. She and other family members wept quietly after the verdict was read. "He's made one of the most powerful statements a rapper of this era can make, which is to be accountable," Ricco said. "I told him not to regret his decision, and that God won't abandon him." (DNA Info)

Last week, footage from the rapper's December 2010 confession emerged online.

In the tape, Coleman told police he thought the shooting happened in late February or March -- "jacket weather", but not deep winter -- though after District Attorney David Drucker prodded him, he conceded it might have been in the fall. Jonathan Henkel was shot in November. Coleman also described how the victim -- whom he called clean shaven and curly-topped, unlike the straight-haired and mustachioed Jonathan Henkel -- rushed after him and even tried to grab him off his bike after the shots rang out. That contradicts testimony from a forensic pathologist who told jurors on Tuesday that Henkel's lung collapsed almost immediately after he was shot and that he would have lost consciousness "fairly quickly." Still, crucial details -- including the exact time of day, the location and the unusual caliber of the gun -- align precisely with the Henkel slaying. Drucker told jurors in his opening statement Tuesday that detectives poring over police records found no other crimes matching even a broad description of the one Coleman told police was "eating him alive." (DNA Info)

Prior to today's verdict, Dep said he was getting charged for the wrong shooting.

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)

Check out G. Dep's shooting confession footage below:

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