4 Charged with Pop Smoke’s Murder

Two men and two teenagers have been charged with the killing of rapper Pop Smoke, who was shot during an alleged robbery this February.

On Monday, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office revealed in a statement that two of the suspects — Corey Walker, 19, and Keandre Rodgers, 18 — were each charged with murder with a special circumstance allegation that the murder occurred during the commission of a robbery and a burglary. Both individuals are eligible for the death penalty.

The complaint also alleges Walker and Rodgers engaged in gang and gun activity.

Additionally, two unnamed minors — ages 15 and 17 — were each charged with one count of murder and robbery. They will be tried in juvenile court.

It is unclear if any of the four defendants have obtained lawyers.

Last Thursday, five suspects were arrested, including Jaquan Murphy, 21, who police say was held on suspicion of attempted murder.

According to authorities, at around 4 a.m. on February 19, the suspects allegedly broke into a Hollywood Hills rental home where the rapper, born Bashar Barakah Jackson, was staying and shot him. Per TMZ, the 20-year-old was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in West Hollywood, where he was pronounced dead.

It was later revealed that the residence was owned by “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Teddi Mellencamp and her husband Edwin Arroyave.

Last week, Captain Jonathan Tippet told The Associated Press that Walker, Rodgers, Murphy, and the two teenage boys allegedly likely went to the house because they knew Jackson was there from social media posts.

The news agency alleges the suspects stole items from the house but Tippet would not specify what those items were.

“We believe that it was a robbery. Initially we didn’t really have the evidence, but then we discovered some other evidence that showed this was likely a home invasion gone bad,” Tippet clarified to AP last Thursday.

In addition to potentially facing the death penalty, Walker and Rodgers may get life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted as charged.

The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department.

On July 3, Jackson’s debut studio album, “Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon,” was posthumously released and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.


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