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Rapper 'G-Dep' Indicted for 1993 Murder in East Harlem

By DNAinfo Staff on December 21, 2010 6:58pm  | Updated on December 22, 2010 6:24am

G-Dep confessed to a 17-year-old murder.
G-Dep confessed to a 17-year-old murder.
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By Shayna Jacobs

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

MANHATTAN SUPREME COURT — A rapper who turned himself in to police for a 1993 fatal shooting in East Harlem — apparently to clear his guilty conscience — was indicted on a second-degree murder charge Tuesday.

The rapper G-Dep, whose real name is Trevell Coleman, admitted to shooting John Henkel at East 114th Street and Park Avenue when he was 18 years old on Oct. 19, 1993, his lawyer said.

Henkel died in the shooting, unbeknownst to Coleman, now 36, who believed he was only turning himself in for a non-fatal shooting, according to reports.

The victim was shot with a .40 caliber handgun three times in the torso after Coleman tried to rob him, according to the criminal complaint.

Coleman's lawyer, Michael Alperstein, told reporters Coleman went to the 25th precinct on Dec. 15 with his confession because he "is trying to remake his life." 

"It's the power of 12 step program. He was making amends," the lawyer said.

The Harlem-born Coleman was on Sean "Diddy" Combs' Bad Boy Records label.

He is next schedule to appear in court on Jan. 13. He faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted.