On Wednesday, Patrick Clark, the 33-year-old man accused of murdering Migos rapper Takeoff, was released from jail after posting a $1 million bond. This news comes just days after a hearing on December 28, during which Clark's legal team argued against the "excessive" bail amount.
Initially, the judge had set the bail at $2 million, but it was later reduced to $1 million. However, the judge denied a further reduction to $300,000 requested by Clark's lawyers. Despite their assertion that Clark could not afford the bail amount, he was able to post the bond and secure his release from Harris County Jail until his murder trial begins.
According to reports, Clark must adhere to certain conditions as part of his bail agreement, including remaining under house arrest and wearing a GPS monitoring device. He is also prohibited from having any communication with anyone involved in the murder, including Takeoff's family and Houston-based music executive J Prince.
Clark has pleaded not guilty to the murder charges against him. At the time of his arrest, prosecutors believed that Clark was attempting to flee to Mexico after obtaining an expedited passport and acquiring a significant amount of money.
However, Clark's lawyer, Letitia Quinones, claimed that her client "wasn't trying to go anywhere." Clark was taken into custody based on reviewed video evidence of the November 1, 2022, shooting outside a Houston bowling alley.
The footage showed that Clark was the only person whose physical positioning at the time of the incident aligned with the angle at which Takeoff was struck before collapsing to the ground. At the time of the shooting, Clark was holding a wine bottle, which he left at the crime scene.
This allowed authorities to match his fingerprints to those found on the bottle.
Migos' Takeoff was a rapper and member of the popular hip-hop trio Migos, which also includes Quavo and Offset. The group is known for their hit songs "Bad and Boujee," "Stir Fry," and "Walk It Talk It." Takeoff, whose real name is Kirshnik Khari Ball, has released solo work in addition to his work with Migos.
He is known for his smooth flow and clever wordplay on the group's tracks. Takeoff has gained a large following and is highly respected within the rap industry. In addition to his successful music career, he has also made appearances on television shows and in films.
Back in 2018, Offset captured Takeoff’s vibe and prowess as a musician, telling Rolling Stone, “He is outspoken with the people he fuck with, he loves, but he quiet to everyone else. He analyzes a lot, that’s why I think his raps be so strong. Takeoff got some strong shit. He’s just powerful”.