Man charged with Pop Smoke’s murder says he told shooter not to fire gun

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Corey Walker reportedly insisted that a vase should be used as a protest against shooting anyone

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The man accused of murdering rapper Pop Smoke, Corey Walker, claims he protested any violence towards the artist before he was fatally shot.

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On Friday (October 15) in Los Angeles, Walker’s defense attorney, Christopher Darden, claimed that his client “before Pop Smoke was killed in his rented Hollywood Hills during a home-invasion robbery in February 2020″. voiced its opposition to any violence”. He was 20 years old.

In filing – according to court documents obtained by Rolling stone – Darden wrote: “It is clear from the evidence that [Walker] Did not enter the house, was not armed, and did not personally hit the victim.


Darden referred to Walker’s alleged insistence that, should it become necessary for suspects to defend themselves, “they should use a vase rather than shoot someone”. “The evidence is clear that the defendant did not share the intention to kill the actual killer,” he wrote.

Darden filed a motion to have the murder and robbery charges brought against Walker dismissed. A hearing on the new proposal is to be held on December 3.

Prosecutors allege that Walker and four other defendants (three charged as minors) arrived at Pop Smoke’s rented home just after 4 a.m. while the rapper was bathing in search of cash and valuables. Masked assailants reportedly confronted the rapper before he was shot by a suspect, who was 15 at the time.

Darden also argued in the new motion that the gun that killed Jackson was not Walker’s. “There is nothing on record to indicate that this defendant knew that more than one weapon was going to be carried indoors.

“There is nothing to indicate that the weapon used in the murder was the heat that this defendant provided to a suspect.”

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Last weekend, Jackson’s graveyard was reportedly ransacked. The marble plaque on his crypt in Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery cracked and cracked, with vandals apparently trying to drag the musician’s coffin from his tomb.

The damage is said to be around £361 (US$500).

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