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Why Takeoff’s alleged killer believes he’ll be a free man

It’s been almost a year since the rapper was fatally shot
Alleged shooter Patrick Xavier Clark (Image source: Harris County Jail in Houston)

Takeoff’s alleged killer is maintaining his innocence.

On Oct. 26, Patrick Clark appeared in court to dispute that he was responsible for Takeoff’s death. He was arrested in December 2022 for the rapper’s death, and in May 2023 was indicted on murder charges.

“He maintains his innocence,” Clark’s defense attorney Letitia Quinones-Hollins said. “We do believe that he has a valid self-defense claim. I don’t think they can say with any degree of certainty that it was Patrick who actually fired the shot that took Takeoff’s life.”

“There was someone else who started the shooting, it was not Patrick Clark. He was in the same position that Takeoff was in, he was trying to get out of there alive as well. He didn’t have anything to do with the argument that occurred. He just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time when people started firing weapons,” Quinones-Hollins said.

The rapper, who was born Kirshnik Ball, was shot multiple times on Nov. 1, 2022, following a private birthday bash on Halloween. An argument erupted between a group of men outside the 810 Billiards & Bowling in downtown Houston before the shots were fired.

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