A Texas grand jury has indicted Patrick Clark, the man accused of shooting rapper Takeoff, of murder, KHOU reported Thursday after confirmation by the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.
Takeoff, of the rap trio Migos alongside Quavo and Offset, died on November 1 after being shot at a bowling alley in Houston. He was with Quavo – who was unharmed in the shooting – at the time of his death.
Clark was arrested based on assessed video evidence from the shooting outside the bowling alley that showed he was the only person whose physical position matched the angle at which the Takeoff was hit before it crashed to the floor. Clark was holding a wine bottle at the time of the incident and left it at the crime scene, allowing authorities to match his fingerprints. After being arrested and charged with murder on the same night of Takeoff’s murder, Clark was released in January on $1 million bail.
A lawyer representing Clark told KHOU that the charges were not unexpected due to a “minimal standard of proof”.
“We would ask people to remember that a very, very minimum standard of proof must be met in order to obtain an indictment,” his attorney said. “When we go into a courtroom and face a jury, where we can present our evidence and question the state’s witnesses – where the standard of proof is guilt beyond a reasonable doubt – we expect the jury to come back. with a verdict of not guilty.”
During a recent interview with Variety, Offset explained why he found it easier to deal with Takeoff’s death by quitting.
“It’s hard for me to talk shit right now. I’ve never talked about this stuff before. Serious. It’s hard to talk about Take, man. Talking about all this shit is hard,” Offset shared. “That’s why I don’t, to be honest. That stuff hurts. It’ll put me in a mood, and I don’t want to get in that mood. Some things I never tell anyone. He’s not here. That shit feels fake, mate. I go through my day thinking it’s fake. And I don’t tell anyone about it.”