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      Lawyer: Man charged in Takeoff killing says he’s innocent

      Lawyer: Man charged in Takeoff killing says he's innocent


      An attorney for a man accused of fatally shooting rapper Takeoff outside a Houston bowling alley last month said Monday that the musician’s death was a tragedy, but her client maintains his innocence.

      Patrick Xavier Clark, 33, appeared briefly in court, where prosecutors and his defense attorneys agreed to hold a bond reduction hearing on December 14. Clark was arrested last week on a murder accusation and is being held on a $2 million bond.

      Clark remained chained and clothed in orange jail garb during the hearing on Monday. After the hearing, one of Clark’s attorneys, Letitia Quinones, told reporters that Clark is “nervous and anxious” because “he’s being charged with something that he believes he’s innocent of, so how would anyone do in that type of circumstance?”

      Monday, prosecutors declined to comment.

      Takeoff, 28, was shot in the head and back as more than 30 people exited the bowling alley after a private party. According to Houston police, the gunfire erupted after a disagreement over a “lucrative” dice game around 2:30 a.m. on Nov. 1, but Takeoff was not involved and was an “innocent bystander.”

      According to police, another guy and a woman were shot but did not die, and at least two others opened fire. According to police, detectives are still looking for witnesses.

      Takeoff, born Kirsnick Khari Ball, was the youngest member of the Grammy-nominated rap group Migos, which also included his uncle Quavo and cousin Offset.

      According to Houston Police Chief Troy Finner, detectives don’t know if Clark was invited to the party or if he knew Takeoff. According to court documents, Clark works as a DJ.

      Quinones said Monday, when asked if Clark knew Takeoff, “We really don’t want to go into the details at this moment.”

      Takeoff’s death, she said, was a “tragedy that happens far too often in our community.”

      “There is a lot of research that needs to be done….” So, we just ask that everyone keep an open mind and let the system and the Constitution do its jobs, which is that he’s innocent until proven guilty right now,” Quinones added.

      According to court records, Clark was caught as he prepared to depart the nation for Mexico after obtaining an expedited passport, and he had a “substantial amount” of cash with him.

      Quinones stated that Clark had planned to travel to Mexico for a vacation but had canceled his trip before to his detention.

      Quinones explained, “He wasn’t attempting to get anywhere.”

      Migos made their debut in 2013 with the huge single “Versace.” They have four Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 hits, while Takeoff was not featured on their multi-week No. 1 hit “Bad and Boujee,” which featured Lil Uzi Vert. They released three albums, “Culture,” “Culture II,” and “Culture III,” with the first two reaching No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart.

      Takeoff and Quavo released “Only Built for Infinity Links” in the weeks leading up to his death. Takeoff expressed his hopes for the collaborative record, telling the “Drink Champs” podcast, “It’s time to give me my roses.”


      Do you think he is guilty?


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