Pop Smoke murder trial faces delay as alleged killer fails to agree to plea deal

The Pop Smoke murder case is still ongoing and the court has just discovered a new obstacle in the path to justice. The court has also set a new start date for the trial of Corey Walker, the only adult defendant in the case and the alleged killer of the New York drill rapper. Apparently, Walker was unable to reach a reasonable agreement with prosecutors in time and will now have to wait a little longer for his trial unless he and his legal team can mitigate it. It has been over four years since Pop tragically lost his life following a burglary, but it seems we are no closer to giving his loved ones peace and bringing his alleged killers to justice.

Furthermore, this follows recent news that one of Pop Smoke's alleged killers was actually released from prison recently, apparently for his 21st birthday. The perpetrator pleaded guilty a few years ago, so it looks like he's served his sentence and is now walking the streets as a free man. Social media posts online suggested as much, and this is one of the other underage defendants who was in juvenile hall. It's unclear if these developments overlap in any way, or if one's release has nothing to do with the other's attempts to negotiate a deal.

Pop Smoke's performance in 2019

NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 30: Pop Smoke performs at the Soulfrito Music Festival at Barclays Center on August 30, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Arik Mazur/Getty Images)

“The negotiations have failed,” said Corey Walker's lawyer Deion Benjamin Rolling Stone of the Pop Smoke case. “But there's still a chance we can come to a deal. A few things still need to be worked out; if they don't get worked out, we'll go to trial.” Jury selection will begin Aug. 6 if they can't reach an agreement on the guilty plea.

“We didn't know each other at all, but it was you who changed my life,” an alleged witness to the crime said of Pop Smoke. “I never thought I would witness a murder and the death of a person. February 19, 2020, the worst night of my life. I will never forget your smile when you turned on the movie Hitch. I will never forget how scared we were that night when we looked into each other's eyes and realized we were about to be killed. I remember what I was thinking at that moment (am I really going to die and my mom will never see me again?). God gave me a second chance. That's 4 years of depression. 4 years were so hard. But I thank God for life. I will never forget you. You will be in my heart forever.”

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