Harlem, New York rapper G-Dep appeared in Manhattan Supreme Court yesterday (January 13th), where he pleaded not guilty to murdering a man 17-years-ago during a botched robbery in New York.

The plea comes after G-Dep walked into the 25th precinct and admitted to shooting John Henkel in October of 1993.

G-Dep said he confessed as part of a drug rehabilitation program, but he did not know his victim had died from the gunshot wounds.

According to his lawyer Anthony Ricco, the not-guilty plea was a procedural step, so that G-Dep’s confession to police could be scrutinized, because he was most likely under the influence of drugs at the time admitted to the murder.

G-Dep, born Trevell Coleman, faces 25 years to life in prison over the murder.

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