Days after being found guilty of 2nd degree murder, G. Dep has spoken out about the verdict and said his fate is an example of “God’s Will.”
When Trevell “G. Dep” Coleman turned himself into police in 2010 for shooting a man in a botched robbery, he was hoping to clear his conscience. Two years later, he was convicted of 2nd degree murder.
“However it went down, it was just one of them things where I knew I was facing some type of charge, so whatever the verdict was, I knew it was God’s will,” Dep told MTV from lockup yesterday.
“You know, someone was taken from [the Henkel] family, so I can’t feel like I was robbed in any kind of way,” he said. “I just want to thank everyone that was involved in the case. I don’t have no ill thoughts towards anybody.”
When asked about his sentencing, which takes place in May, he remained optimistic.
“I’ma just stay strong and hopefully I’ll see y’all in the near future or the far future,” he said. “I know life goes on, praise God. And one day maybe I could say Hello to y’all again.”
Dep was found guilty of 2nd degree murder on Tuesday (April 18), after investigators connected his confession with the death of John Henkel, a man who was shot three times in 1993 around the time Dep said he shot someone in a failed robbery attempt.
“Conscience drove him to do something. … He thinks he did the right thing,” defense lawyer Anthony L. Ricco said after a hearing this winter.
“There’s a lot of people who think he’s a fool for doing this. He doesn’t think he’s a fool,” Ricco said. “He says this has been like a blessing. It’s saved his life.”
He later decided that Hinkel’s shooting was different than the one he confessed to and pleaded not guilty to the charges of murder. But the crime stuck. After three days of arguments and two days of deliberation, the jury came back with a verdict of guilty of 2nd degree murder. He now faces at least 15 years.
G. Dep made a dent in hip-hop as a key member of Diddy‘s Bad Boy roster in the late ’90s and early ’00s. His hits “Let’s Get It” and “Special Delivery” were big records for the label. Soon after, Dep struggled with drug addiction and dropped out of the spotlight.
He faces 15 years or more for his criem. Sentencing will take place on May 8.
–Erik Parker, CBS Local