Jury Trial Date Set for Corey Walker in Pop Smoke Murder Case

Jury Trial Date Set for Corey Walker in Pop Smoke Murder Case

The trial date for Corey Walker, the sole adult defendant charged in the murder of Brooklyn rapper Pop Smoke, has been set for June 25 in Los Angeles. This comes after three other defendants, including the 15-year-old shooter, were charged as juveniles. The eldest of the juveniles admitted to voluntary manslaughter and home invasion, while the youngest confessed to pulling the trigger during the harrowing home invasion robbery that resulted in Pop Smoke’s death. The third juvenile settled his case and was sent to a post-conviction juvenile housing facility.

Walker, 23, has pleaded not guilty to one count of murder and three counts related to the alleged home-invasion robbery at Pop Smoke’s rented Hollywood Hills home on February 19, 2020. His prior defense lawyer, Christopher Darden, argued that Walker did not plan the crime and, at most, was only the driver who remained outside in the vehicle. Prosecutors, however, claim that Walker facilitated the crimes by surveilling the crime scene, serving as the researcher, getaway driver, weapons provider, and planner of the home invasion robbery.

According to police and prosecutors, the juvenile defendants, some wearing ski masks, broke into the upstairs bedroom of the Airbnb rental home where Pop Smoke was showering. Prosecutors allege that Walker was in communication with the juveniles via cell phone during the incident, which ended with Pop Smoke being pistol-whipped and shot three times in the back. A Google account linked to Walker also researched the rental home before the slaying and searched for a Rolex watch shortly after the first 911 call was made. The robbers stole Pop Smoke’s diamond-studded Rolex, which was later sold for $2,000.

Darden argued that Walker was not a major participant in the deadly shooting, as he did not enter the house, was not armed, and did not personally kill the victim. However, prosecutors maintain that Walker was aware of the weapon being used and assaulted the shooter after learning of the shooting.

Prosecutors allege that Walker and his cohorts planned the home invasion to steal cash, a thick gold chain, and the diamond-studded watch that Pop Smoke had flaunted on social media. The robbers reportedly found the home because Pop Smoke had posted a photo of a gift bag with the address listed on a label.

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1 Response

  1. It’s unfortunate that we have to witness yet another trial for a senseless act of violence. The murder of Pop Smoke was a tragedy that shook the music industry and his fans around the world. I hope that justice will be served and that the trial will provide some closure for his loved ones. It’s important to remember that behind the headlines and the fame, there are real lives affected by these crimes. Let’s hope that this trial brings some answers and accountability for the loss of such a talented artist

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