The charge was postponed to August 24 today because two young men killed rapper Pop Smoke during a robbery in a Hollywood Hills house almost five months ago.
Corey Walker (19) and Keandre Rodgers (18) are charged with capital murder in connection with the murder of the 20-year-old rapper from New York on February 19, whose real name was Bashar Jackson.
The murder charge includes the particular fact that the murder was committed while robbery and burglary was committed.
The prosecutor will later decide whether to pursue the death penalty or prison life without parole for those accused of being subjected to gang and weapon charges.
According to prosecutors, two boys, ages 15 and 17, were charged with murder and robbery before a juvenile court in connection with the same crime. Their names have been withheld because they are a minor.
Officials went to Hercules Drive 2033 in the Hollywood Hills at around 4:00 a.m. on February 19 in the Hollywood Hills and found the fatally injured rapper who was pronounced dead at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
The Los Angeles police said last week when they made five arrests in the case that investigators believed the men and boys had entered Jackson's short-term rental home and shot and robbed him. Investigators believe the suspects are "members of a street gang in Los Angeles," police say.
Walker, Rodgers and Jaquan Murphy, 21, were arrested on Thursday and held instead of $ 1 million bail each.
Online prison records show that Murphy remains in custody in an unrelated case.
LAPD captain Steve Lurie said the emergency call that brought the police to Hercules Drive came from someone on the east coast who said "a friend in their home had been broken into by several suspects and one of them was with one." Gun armed. ”
"When the officers got there about six minutes later, they found that a victim had been shot in the house," Lurie said. "They called the fire department who arrived and transported the victim to Cedars-Sinai, where he was pronounced dead."
The suspects were wearing masks and were last seen running from home and possibly getting into a nearby vehicle.
According to Lurie, officials arrested several people who were in the house, but “all of these people were released. … No one was arrested at the scene. "
Various media reports say that the up-and-coming New York rapper posted photos of a party at home on February 19 or late February 18, and even revealed the address. According to the TMZ, one of the photos showed a person holding a large amount of money.
Investigators believe that at least some of the suspects are also involved in the murder of 18-year-old Kamryn Stone in the Rose Bowl parking lot in Pasadena on September 14, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
The records indicate that the house where the shooting took place is owned by Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave – who can be seen on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and a daughter of musician John Mellencamp – and her husband Edwin Arroyave.
Pop Smoke released an album in July 2019 and one of the songs, "Welcome to the Party", was considered by many to be the song of the summer. Nicki Minaj remixed the song a few months later.
The rapper also worked with Travis Scott on a song called "Gatti".