Patrick Xavier Clark, the man charged in the killing of Takeoff, is reportedly asking a judge for money to hire a private investigator.
According to TMZ, the 33-year-old is requesting $5,000 to hire an investigator to help with his defense. Court documents reveal that he’s unable to cover the cost himself because Clark’s family already spent their money on an attorney who has agreed to work at a reduced rate.
Earlier this week, Clark claimed his innocence in court. He now says he needs to hire someone to “properly investigate” and effectively prepare for the trial.
The Houston Police Department has confirmed that Clark was arrested and charged with murdering the 28-year-old Migos rapper last week. The tragic incident took place after a fight broke out at a Houston bowling alley on November 1.
Authorities say Takeoff was not involved in the argument, which they also claim stemmed from a “lucrative” dice game. He was reportedly shot in the head and back during the altercation.
During Clark’s appearance in court, his lawyers argued that he wasn’t the person who shot Takeoff. He is currently being held on $2 million bond and is set to attend a bond reduction hearing on December 14.
Police cited surveillance and cellphone footage as proof that Clark was the gunman. They also arrested him as he was preparing to travel to Mexico with an expedited passport and a lot of cash on him – leaving many to speculate that he was trying to flee.