Prosecutors Begin Final Arguments in G. Dep Murder Case
The defense gave its closing argument and the prosecution will finish up its summation after the lunch break at the Supreme Criminal Court on Monday (April 16), day four of the murder trial, in Lower Manhattan, NY.
There, Coleman’s lawyer, Anthony Ricco, powerfully made his final pitch, once again stating that his client did indeed shoot a man, but that it wasn’t John Henkel, the 32-year-old Ridgewood, Queens, man who detectives matched Dep’s shooting to. Furthermore, Ricco rattled off several red flags in evidence inconsistencies as reasons why the jury must find Coleman not guilty.
Amongst the inconsistencies that Ricco raised were that Coleman said he shot a man in the torso, not chest as cops noted, that Dep never knew the man’s age, as cops noted he said the man was 32, and there was no cigarette at the scene of the crime, despite the fact that Dep and a witness both said they saw the alleged victim smoking.
“They just could not get this story straight,” said Ricco, who has said all along that detectives are matching Coleman to the wrong cold case shooting. “Are we talking about the same event? I’m begging you to go into the jury room and use your common sense!”
The entire time, Coleman, wearing a tan dress shirt with yellow tie and khakis, looked on in silence. His wife, Crystal Sutton, lent her support in the courtroom.
“If he’s there to help himself, what is he lying about?” questioned Ricco in reference to Coleman’s chilling 2010 video confession at the 25th Precinct, where he admitted to shooting a man on 114 Street and Park Avenue in Harlem back in 1993. “This case is not about redemption. The case is about if the New York County DA office has proven the case beyond a reasonable doubt.”
After about 45 minutes of Ricco’s final say, the prosecution, with Manhattan Assistant District Attorney David Drucker at the helm, took over.
Once again, Drucker maintained the point that the most crucial evidence in the case derived from Dep himself, signaling Coleman’s video-taped confession.
He also urged jurors to not buy into evidence inconsistencies that the defense brought up, saying it’s not realistic for anyone to remember minute details from an incident over 17 years ago.
He maintained that detectives have correctly matched Coleman to Henkel.
“Everything-who, what, where, when, why and how matches up,” Drucker said. “Ever heard the expression if it walks like a duck, talks like a duck and quacks like a duck? It’s a duck!”
Drucker played an already-heard 911 call from 1993 to the jury once again, with a caller identifying the shooter as a Black male, before momentarily pausing for the scheduled lunch break.
The prosecution is set to resume and finish its summation at 2p.m. EST, before the case gets handed to the jury for deliberation.—Mark Lelinwalla (@XXL_Mark)
G. Dep’s murder trial began Tuesday (April 10) in New York’s Supreme Criminal Court andXXL is on deck, following the case. Check back with XXLMag.com daily for the latest updates.
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
Day 3, Part 1: G. Dep’s Attorney Insists His Client Didn’t Kill Presumed Victim
Day 3, Part 2: G. Dep Will Not Testify in His Own Murder Trial