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HOUSTON — The person accused of fatally shooting rapper Takeoff final month exterior a Houston bowling alley sought details about utilizing pretend airplane tickets to acquire an expedited passport in his efforts to flee the nation, and repeatedly made on-line searches about whether or not he was a suspect within the case, prosecutors alleged throughout a court docket listening to Wednesday.

However attorneys for Patrick Xavier Clark, 33, say their consumer by no means had any intention of leaving Houston and he’ll possible pursue self-defense within the case, as he has asserted his innocence.

“We really feel snug that when the time is correct that Mr. Clark could have a legitimate and meritorious declare for self-defense,” Letitia Quinones, one among Clark’s attorneys, mentioned after the listening to. She declined to offer extra particulars on this to reporters, however through the listening to, she instructed that Clark solely fired after somebody shot at him first. Police say Clark fired the primary shot.

Takeoff was shot within the head and again as greater than 30 individuals had been leaving a personal social gathering on the bowling alley round 2:30 a.m. on Nov. 1. Houston police have mentioned the gunfire adopted a disagreement over a “profitable” sport of cube exterior the bowling alley, however that the 28-year-old rapper was not concerned and was “an harmless bystander.”

Clark was arrested on Dec. 1 on a homicide cost.

Throughout Wednesday’s listening to, Clark’s attorneys had sought to have his bond lowered from $2 million to $100,000. However state District Decide Josh Hill was initially hesitant to cut back his bond, believing he could possibly be a flight threat and that Clark’s “Google searches for pretend tickets trigger me a substantial amount of concern.”

Through the listening to, Houston police Sgt. Michael Burrow testified {that a} overview of Clark’s cellular phone after his arrest discovered he had made on-line searches for pretend airplane tickets. Prosecutors instructed these searches had been tied to Clark’s efforts to get an expedited passport. Investigators additionally discovered a number of searches on his cellular phone through which Clark checked out information articles in regards to the taking pictures and whether or not he was named as a suspect, he mentioned.

“It was my perception he was getting ready to flee the nation,” Burrow mentioned.

Surveillance video confirmed Clark was holding a wine bottle in a single hand when he fired his gun, Burrow mentioned. Clark left the bottle close to the scene of the taking pictures and fingerprints discovered on the bottle had been later used to determine him. FBI sources had additionally pointed to Clark as being on the taking pictures.

Quinones denied Clark was attempting to depart the nation after the taking pictures, saying that earlier than his arrest he had canceled a beforehand scheduled journey to Mexico and that on the day of his arrest he had been searching for an condominium to lease within the metropolis.

Hill agreed to cut back Clark’s bond to $1 million if extra safety necessities could possibly be met and he agreed to contemplate subsequent week extra info from Clark’s legal professionals about probably decreasing it extra, probably to $300,000. Quinones mentioned she hopes Hill lowers the bond to $300,000 as something greater can’t be afforded by Clark’s household.

Clark’s father, Joseph, testified that his son works as a DJ and in addition promotes night time golf equipment however that he has by no means been financially secure, nonetheless lives at house, borrows his truck to get round and wouldn’t have the assets to flee to a different nation.

Through the listening to, prosecutors performed a recording of a name Clark made on Dec. 6 from jail to his household through which he might he heard saying that the $2 million bond “will be made proper now.” Prosecutors instructed Clark has had entry to massive quantities of money in his work as a DJ and with night time golf equipment. However Quinones mentioned Clark indicating he might pay the $2 million was simply boastful claims from “a younger man speaking and speaking an excessive amount of.”

Police have mentioned that through the taking pictures, one other man and a girl suffered non-life-threatening gunshot accidents, and that a minimum of two individuals opened fired. Police mentioned investigators are nonetheless attempting to trace down witnesses. The gun used to kill Takeoff has not been recovered, Burrow mentioned.

Born Kirsnick Khari Ball, Takeoff was the youngest member of Migos, the Grammy-nominated rap trio from suburban Atlanta that additionally featured his uncle Quavo and cousin Offset.

Migos first broke by with the large hit “Versace” in 2013. That they had 4 High 10 hits on the Billboard Sizzling 100, although Takeoff was not on their multi-week No. 1 hit “Unhealthy and Boujee,” that includes Lil Uzi Vert. They put out a trilogy of albums known as “Tradition,” “Tradition II” and “Tradition III,” with the primary two hitting No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart.

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