Trial for rapper in '93 NY shooting to open Tues.

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Posted: Apr 10, 2012 2:35 AM
Trial for rapper in '93 NY shooting to open Tues.

Opening statements are set to begin in rapper G. Dep's murder trial in a 1993 shooting in New York City.

The nearly 20-year-old case was reopened when he walked into a police station in December 2010, saying he was the gunman. A jury was chosen Monday.

G. Dep, born Trevell Coleman, has acknowledged confessing to the shooting but has pleaded not guilty.

His lawyer has suggested he may focus on the effects that years of drug use had on the rapper's admission.

The victim, John Henkel, was killed on a Harlem street. Detectives matched Henkel's death to the rapper's account of trying to mug a stranger and shooting him.

G. Dep got attention with "Special Delivery" and "Let's Get It" in the early 2000s, but the spotlight on him faded.