Almost a year later five people have been arrested in connection with the murder of Pop smoke, one of Pop’s alleged murderers had a preliminary hearing in which new developments in the case were shared.
According to a report by New York Daily News Thursday, May 6, LAPD detective Christian Carrasco testified at the hearing of 20-year-old Corey Walker. Walker is one of three adults indicted for the murder of the beloved rhymer. The identities of the other two have not been disclosed, possibly because they are minors. This hearing will dictate whether Walker goes to trial or not.
Detective testified that masked men entered the Hollywood Hills home Pop smoke was staying in the back in February 2020 by the second floor balcony. At the time of the intrusion, the Brooklyn rapper was showering.
One of the men allegedly put a black semi-automatic pistol to the forehead of a woman who was in Pop’s bedroom at the time. The bedroom was apparently adjacent to the bathroom that Pop Smoke was in.
The detective said the gunman told the woman, “Shut up, do you want to die?”
The investigator went on to say that the woman, who was with Pop smoke the night he was tragically killed, spoke to law enforcement after the fatal shooting incident.
“She heard a fight coming from the shower and heard Mr. Jackson screaming,” Detective Carrasco said. “Mr. Jackson ran out of the bathroom, then she heard a thud and [heard] Mr. Jackson falls to the ground. “
Referring to the woman’s account of what happened on the night of February 19, 2020, the detective added, “Two other people started kicking her.”
Pop Smoke’s mother was reportedly in the courtroom during the hearing and appeared visibly upset after testimony was shared that her son was beaten after being shot.
The investigator went on to say that Pop Smoke got up and ran downstairs. “She hears two more pops. She follows Mr. Jackson, sees him on the ground, and yells for Michael (Durodola) to call 911.”
Actor Michael Durdola, aka Mike Dee, would also be at home with Pop Smoke that night.
The woman claims the intruders took Pop’s “big gold watch” and other jewelry before leaving the house.
Another LAPD agent testified and revealed that the Infinity vehicle captured by a surveillance camera, presumably outside the house, which carried the suspects had been traced to Corey Walker.
Detective Frank Flores claims Walker bought the car from the seller and was arrested there for some reason unrelated to the Pop Smoke murder.
The other suspects are Keandre Rodgers, Jaquan Murphy and the aforementioned minors. Walker and Rodgers both face the death penalty or life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.
The minors, aged 15 and 17 when they were arrested last July, have each been charged with one count of murder and one count of theft. Murphy has been charged with attempted murder.
Pop had been shot in the torso and according to the Daily News report, doctors attempted to perform a major surgery called a “left thoracotomy.” The rapper, however, suffered a “rapid” deterioration in his health and the doctors were unable to save him.
As previously reported, the men broke into the Los Angeles home around 4 a.m., wearing ski masks. Two of the men reportedly fired multiple shots, hitting the rapper.
Prior to the home invasion, Pop accidentally showed his location address via social media while sharing pictures of gifts he had received. Police reported last July that they didn’t think the suspected killers knew Pop. Instead, law enforcement believed the accused murders had obtained Pop’s address when he unintentionally posted it online.
Pop Smoke was only 20 when he was shot and killed.
Although Pop is no longer there in the physical, his music endures and his debut album, Aim for the stars, aim for the moon, has accumulated major success. The effort landed at No.1 on the Billboard 200 album chart and stayed there for 43 weeks.
XXL contacted the Los Angeles district attorney’s office and a representative from the Pop Smoke estate for comment.
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