Rapper Noreaga Testifies At Murder Trial; Explains Murder Unit

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Noreaga testified Wednesday (Jan. 9) to aid a friend, who is currently on trial

for a triple murder in Manhattan. Noreaga

(real name is Victor Santiago) took the stand in U.S. District Court in Manhattan

and stated that he wasn’t aware of any illegal activities that friend Darryl Henderson

was involved in. Henderson,

along with two members of a street crew called Murder Unit, stand accused of a

Jan. 21, 2002 murder of three people near Yankee Stadium’s Bronx location. Assistant

US Attorney David M. Rody said that some of the victims were stabbed repeatedly

and all of the three people had their throats slit. Noreaga

said that in Hip-Hop everybody isn’t a criminal and that most of the imagery is

a mere facade. “The

prosecution and the DA depicted him as a killer, and a person who did all this

and that’s not who I know," Nore revealed to AllHipHop.com. "I know

him as being a real dude from the streets and a person that I run with. When I

was on tour, he went and got me Kentucky Fried Chicken and Heineken’s and he made

sure there was no bulls**t around me. He was an older individual, he gave me a

piece of mind, so that’s what I went up and told the jury and everybody else."Prosecutors

in the district attorney’s office said that Henderson and the Murder Unit attempted

to rob 30 kilos of cocaine from their victims. Nore defended Henderson and stated

that the man often joined him on tour as an assistant. Nore

also explained that Murder Unit was a rap group, not a drug dealing band thugs.

“Murder

Unit was a rap group, first and foremost," Nore continued. "I wanted

to invest money, I wanted to invest time, and I wanted to invest in the business

aspect of me and I wanted to put Murder Unit on as a rap group….this is the farthest

thing from a gang, we was straight up a rap group."Henderson’s

defense attorney, David E. Patton, admitted that his client had sold drugs in

the past, but denied that he’s ever killed anybody or been involved in gangs.

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