One of the accused gunman who allegedly took the life of rapper Pop Smoke will not be facing the death penalty, according to new reports. Get the update inside…
The Hip Hop world was devastated when it was reported rapper Pop Smoke (real name Bashar Jackson) was fatally shot during a home-invasion robbery in Los Angeles in February 2020.
The prosecution announced it will NOT seek the death penalty against one of the three men charged in the rapper’s death. Corey Walker, 20, was the only adult involved in the shooting. Another man and two juveniles were also charged in the shooting death.
If convicted, Corey Walker could face a maximum of life in prison without the possibility of parole for the killing of the 20-year-old Brooklyn rapper. Both Corey and another suspect – named Keandre Rodgers – were charged with murder that included a special circumstance allegation that the murder occurred during the commission of a robbery and a burglary. The enhancement made both eligible for the death penalty.
Not only that, the suspects are also facing gang and gun allegations, according to the District Attorney’s Office. The two minors – who are 15 & 17 – were charged with a count of murder and robbery in juvenile court. They were not publicly identified due to their age.
When Los Anoneeles County District Attorney George Gascon was sworn into office last December he mentioned a death sentence is “never an appropriate resolution in any case.” Pop Smoke’s case had been filed under prior District Attorney Jackie Lacey’s administration.
On February 19th, Pop Smoke was shot and killed during a home-invasion robbery inside of a rental home in the Hollywood Hills. It’s believed Pop Smoke’s social media posts is what led the suspects to where he was staying.
The rental home Pop Smoke was staying in was owned by “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Teddi Mellencamp, daughter of musician John Mellencamp.
Photo: Pop Smoke’s IG