Former Bad Boy Records artist Trevell “G. Dep” Coleman has faced the music and announced a “not guilty” plea yesterday (January 13) for his role in the fatal shooting of a man in 1993.
According to reports, the “Deputy” appeared in a New York courtroom Thursday.
Mr. Coleman, his hands cuffed behind his back, didn’t speak at the arraignment other than to enter his plea. He smiled at the dozen or so supporters he had in the courtroom as he walked in. After the hearing, his lawyer, Anthony Ricco, said Mr. Coleman still stands by his earlier story that he shot Mr. John Henkel Oct. 19, 1993. Mr. Ricco said the not-guilty plea was more of a procedural step, adding that it would allow him time to examine Mr. Coleman’s confession, which he said was likely made while under the influence of drugs. “We want to make sure what we’re dealing with the reality of what actually happened that night,” he said, explaining that Mr. Coleman has struggled with PCP use over the years. Mr. Ricco said he expects to reach a plea deal with the district attorney’s office. (Wall Street Journal)
Last week, Dep’s camp reached out to fans and supporters alike to vouch for the rapper’s positive influence.
G. Dep is currently in Manhattan’s Detention Complex as he awaits legal action in his murder case, but in the meantime, his lawyer and support system is asking people to help them build their case. “To those whom have had any contact with Trevell “G. Dep” Coleman; relatives friends, neighbors music industry representatives and artists, we ask that you consider writing a letter describing his positive character,” said the Deputy’s DJ/producer/co-manager Justin “DJ M-80″ Bryd. “Typed letters can be emailed to Dj_Memail@example.com- fans we also need your support!! This would be a vital and positive influence on his case. Thank You.” (XXL Mag)
A few weeks ago, Dep admitted to being the shooter behind the 1993 murder.
Apparently when Trevell Coleman, AKA rapper G-Dep, came clean to 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 thePost 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)
He was later indicted and still faces 25 years behind bars.
A rapper who turned himself in to police for a 1993 fatal shooting in East Harlem — apparently to clear his guilty conscience — was indicted on a second-degree murder charge Tuesday. The rapper G-Dep, whose real name is Trevell Coleman, admitted to shooting John Henkel at East 114th Street and Park Avenue when he was 18 years old on Oct. 19, 1993, his lawyer said. He is next schedule to appear in court on Jan. 13. He faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted. (DNA Info)
G. Dep is due back in court February 10th.
Check out some pre-jail footage of G. Dep down below: