TSR Exclusive: A Los Angeles County judge denied bail to Corey Walker, one of four teens charged with killing the late Pop Smoke.
The Shade Room was in court this morning when Walker’s attorney, Christopher Darden, requested bail for his client, but prosecutors filed a response to the motion suggesting that Walker’s case was not applicable for bail under the letter of the law.
Judge Curtis B. Rappe appeared to agree with the state and denied the motion for bail for Walker, who for now will remain in custody until trial.
Rappe also pointed out that the case was no longer capital. If you recall, in July, we exclusively reported that prosecutors made a motion to remove the death penalty from the table.
We also previously reported on Darden’s intentions to bring Walker home before his trial. Walker was officially indicted in August and faces a possible maximum sentence of life in prison without parole. When we spoke with Deputy District Attorney Hilary Williams, she declined to comment on why her office decided not to seek the death penalty.
Walker, 20, was the only suspect who was an adult at the time of Pop Smoke’s death. He and three young men are accused of killing Pop Smoke during a robbery in February 2020.
At a preliminary hearing, Williams said that Walker had explored the house hours earlier and knew the teens were planning to rob Pop Smoke at gunpoint to obtain the ice he showed in his Instagram photos earlier that day.
“They specifically target this house because they want this victim to be there,” Williams said, saying that Walker’s actions showed a “reckless disregard for human life.”
He will return to court in mid-October. Williams told the judge that he believes the trial will last a total of 3-4 weeks, including jury selection.
We will keep you informed of any updates in this case.
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