Prosecutors have announced that they will not seek the death penalty against 20-year-old Corey Walker in the death of Pop Smoke.
"Our office is not going to be seeking death on this case, but we are going to be asking for a lot," said Deputy D.A. Hilary Williams during a hearing Tuesday.
Walker is facing murder charges for the February 2020 slaying of the rising "Welcome to the Party" rapper. Walker is the only adult charged amongst the four who raided Pop Smoke's L.A. home during the botched robbery. Walker was initially determined to be eligible for the death penalty because he was charged with murder with the special circumstance allegation due to the killing taking place during a burglary. The alleged triggerman was just 15-years-old, while the other two defendants were only 16 and 17 at the time. They are being tried in juvenile court. Walker was 19-years-old when the murder took place.
The now 20-year-old could not enter a new plea during the court appearance due to a computer glitch. He was ordered to come back the next day by the judge. The hearing was ultimately postponed until next month, according to his defense lawyer Christopher Darden. He told The Daily News that he was happy about the D.A.'s decision to stop pursuing the death penalty.
"I am glad to hear the DA say this formally on the record. Corey Walker does not have an adult criminal history. He was 19 years old, not armed with a firearm, and he did not shoot anyone. I don't think the death penalty would be a fair or suitable punishment in this case," Darden explained.
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