Trevell Coleman, a rapper who uses the stage name “G. Dep” — and who once was signed to Sean “Puffy” Combs’ label, Bad Boy Records — was found guilty this afternoon of second-degree murder for the 1993 slaying of a Queens man during a robbery-gone-wrong in East Harlem.
The kicker: the case was cold as ice until Coleman turned himself in on December 16, 2010, and copped to the murder.
“Eighteen years ago, the defendant made a calculated decision to steal from, shoot, and kill an innocent person on the street,” Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance says. “While nothing can bring the victim back, with this verdict a case that was open for nearly two decades is now closed.”
According to authorities, on October 19, 1993, at about 1 a.m., Coleman approached the victim, 32-year-old John Henkel, who was standing near the MetroNorth railroad tracks at the corner of East 114th Street and Park Avenue in Manhattan and robbed him.
In the course of the robbery, Coleman threatened Henkel with a .40-caliber pistol. He then shot him three times in the torso at point-blank range. Henkel died in the hospital the next morning.
At trial, Coleman’s attorney Anthony Rico argued that his client had in fact shot someone, but that it wasn’t Henkel. That tale, it seems, was a little too tall for jurors.