G. Dep Arrested, Admits to Murdering Man 17 Years Ago
Former Bad Boy rapper G. Dep was arrested earlier this week (Dec. 15) after walking into Manhattan’s 25th Precinct and confessing to murdering a Queens man outside of a East Harlem housing project 17 years ago.
On Oct. 19, 1993, Dep, born Trevell Coleman, admitted he was riding a bike around East 114th Street and Park Avenue when he came upon John Henkel, 32, outside the James Weldon Johnson Houses. Coleman, 19 years old at the time, proceeded to announce a robbery and when Henkel resisted, the ‘Special Delivery’ rhymer used his .40-caliber gun to shoot the victim three times in the chest, according to Detective William Dunn.
“I shot and killed someone 17 years ago,” Coleman told a cop in the station house. After confessing, a police officer from the 25th Precinct contacted officials at the 23rd Precinct, where the crime took place. “It was just eating away at him,” said a police source.
Coleman fled the scene at the time of the shooting, throwing the handgun into the East River. Henkel was then rushed to St. Luke’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
As a result of his actions, Diddy‘s one-time signee was charged with murder and held without bail. “My client is presumed innocent, and the case is going to grand jury,” said Coleman’s lawyer, Michael Alperstein.
G. Dep is a career criminal, having been arrested more than 25 times since 2003 on various charges including burglary, grand larceny and drugs. Earlier this year, the ‘Child of the Ghetto’ creator announced his return to the rap game with his sophomore album, ‘Ghetto Legend.’
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