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Dep, born Trevell Coleman, admitted that in 1993 he shot John Henkel, in front of an East Harlem housing project. After an unsuccessful robbery attempt Coleman unloaded three bullets in the victim's chest before fleeing the scene. He disposed of the murder weapon, a .40-caliber handgun, in the East River. Henkel was transported to nearby St. Luke's Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Now 36, Coleman maintains that he had no idea that Henkel died from his gunshot wounds, when he confessed. "I'm just trying to get right with God," he told the New York Post after his arrest. Unfortunately for the father of three, his reputation precedes him. The 'Special Delivery' rapper has been arrested over 25 times since 2003, for several offenses including burglary, and drug charges.
Coleman's former boss, Sean "Diddy" Combs, recently commented on the incident. "G. Dep is probably one of the nicest artists that I ever worked with," he said during an interview on Shade 45. During their time together, Combs revealed that there was clearly something bothering Coleman. "You could always feel if you really knew G. Dep, and I can't say it that [the murder], but you could always feel that something was really troubling his soul. He was real quiet."
"He's the type of guy who wouldn't hurt a fly," Combs continued. "I don't know what happened in that instance. He did the right thing and manned up to it, but my prayers go out to him. I try to keep everybody's things private but he had a real bad drug problem and that could have caused [the] situation. Drugs sometimes make people flip up and make mistakes. At the same time my prayers go out to him and everybody else that's been affected, the family of the victims -- the whole nine."
If convicted, Coleman faces 25-years to life.