Prosecutors with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office will not be seeking the death penalty for Corey Walker, one of the four suspects accused of killing the late Pop Smoke.
The Shade Room was present in court today when the 20-year-old appeared before a judge at his re-arraignment hearing. Walker’s previous request to drop the murder charge was denied back in May when a judge determined there was sufficient evidence to go to trial, but he’ll be expected to enter his plea Wednesday once prosecutors file the special paperwork required that would solidify their decision.
“Our office is not going to be seeking death on this case,” Deputy District Attorney Hilary Williams told the judge this morning. “We are going to be asking for a lot.”
Williams told us the possible maximum sentence now for Walker if he were to be convicted would be life without parole.
Walker is one of two adults, along with two juveniles, accused of storming the Los Angeles home where Pop Smoke was staying in February 2020 and robbing the rapper of his jewelry before fatally shooting him. Walker is the only suspect of the four defendants who was not a minor at the time of Pop’s death.
Back in May, officers with the Los Angeles Police Department testified about Pop Smoke’s shooting at a preliminary hearing. It was revealed that Walker allegedly admitted the group used ski masks, gloves and a police scanner to try to evade getting caught, New York Daily News reported.
“He said that when the individuals got inside, the suspects confronted (Pop Smoke), who was in the shower naked,” Det. Carlos Camacho testified.
During a recorded conversation, Walker allegedly told an informant the teens stormed the home and demanded Pop Smoke’s jewelry, which he was still wearing, and even said “Thank you” when it appeared he was complying, according to Camacho.
But things went left when Pop reportedly decided to fight back and rushed the suspects before he was pistol whipped and then shot in the chest.
Walker’s defense lawyer Christopher Darden (yes, from the OJ trial) made a motion in May to have Walker’s murder charge dismissed, arguing that Walker was only the driver that night. Darden also claimed that Walker even told his accomplices not to shoot anybody.
“He’s clearly not an aider and abettor of premeditated murder,” Darden argued. “At most, he’s a principal in a robbery… He’s a driver. He is outside.”
But Williams said Walker had scouted the house hours earlier and knew the teens planned to rob Pop Smoke at gunpoint to obtain the ice he flashed in his Instagram photos earlier that day.
“They specifically target this house wanting this victim to be there,” Williams said, saying Walker’s actions showed a “reckless indifference to human life.”
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