News: G. Dep Reacts To Murder Conviction, "I Knew It Was God's Will"

Friday, Apr 20, 2012 9:01AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Former Bad Boy Records rapper G. Dep has broken his silence from behind bars to address being found guilty of a 1993 fatal shooting which took the life of a New York man.

Rather than appear somber, Dep relied on religion to help make sense of the guilty verdict.

Two days after being convicted of second-degree murder, G. Dep spoke exclusively to MTV News on Thursday (April 19), where he reacted to the verdict from behind bars. "However it went down, it was just one of them things where I knew I was facing some type of charge, so whatever the verdict was, I knew it was God's will," Dep told us by phone as he awaits sentencing in lockup. Despite the outcome, the 37-year-old seemed at peace with the judgment call. "You know, someone was taken from [the John Henkel] family, so I can't feel like I was robbed in any kind of way," he said. "I just want to thank everyone that was involved in the case. I don't have no ill thoughts towards anybody." (MTV)

The "Special Delivery" rapper's fate was unveiled Tuesday (April 17) in court.

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 held 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)

Prior to this week'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 fatal shooting confession below:

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