The defense continues its attempt to pinpoint evidential inconsistencies during day three of the murder trial of Trevell “G. Dep” Coleman at the Supreme Criminal Court on 100 Centre Street in Lower Manhattan, NY on Friday (April 13).
Anthony Ricco, Coleman’s attorney, insisted that although his client confessed to shooting a man back in 1993, that the victim wasn’t John Henkel, the dead man who police matched Dep’s shooting to.
Ricco did that by stressing discrepancies in the police’s complaint logs, grilling Detective William Dunn, who admittedly testified that homicide files at the 23rd Precinct in Harlem were not kept in an orderly manner. Dunn also told the jury that he didn’t know who wrote in the log book of complaints.
Ricco also shrewdly brought up the point that Coleman distinctly said that the man he shot in 1993 was smoking a cigarette during his chilling video confession. Yet, police didn’t find a cigarette attached to Henkel’s body at the scene of 114th Street and Park Avenue.
“There was no pack of cigarettes,” Ricco told the jury. “No cigarette lighter recovered from Mr. Henkel. No book of matches recovered from Mr. Henkel.”
The whole time, Coleman, wearing a khaki shirt and blue jeans, looked on silently, keeping a serious disposition. His wife Crystal Sutton sat in the courtroom in support of her husband.
Before Ricco’s cross-examination of Dunn, Manhattan Assistant District Attorney David Drucker had Dunn comb through the log books on microfilm before the jury, attempting to use process of elimination to discard shootings in which the information didn’t match that of Coleman’s. The point was to directly link Coleman to only Henkel’s murder.
Coleman walked into the New York Police Department’s 25th Precinct in Harlem in December 2010 to confess to the shooting of a man in a botched robbery attempt back in 1993. At the time of the confession, Coleman didn’t know that Henkel, the 32-year-old Queens man police matched Dep’s shooting to, died from the shots.
During opening statements on Tuesday (April 10), Drucker told the jury that the key evidence came from the “most reliable” source: the rapper himself, referring to Dep’s confession.
Friday’s hearing is set to continue after a break for lunch. Evidence will be completed during day three, with scheduled closing arguments from both sides to follow on Monday (April 16).
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Day 1: G. Dep’s Murder Trial Begins With Opening Statements
Day 2, Part 1: G. Dep’s Attorney Says There Are Inconsistencies in the Murder Case
Day 2, Part 2: G.Dep’s Defense Says Not Enough Evidence to Connect Client to Murder