Patrick Clark, who is accused of killing Migos rapper Takeoff, was released from a Texas jail on Wednesday after posting $1 million bond, according to the Houston Chronicle, which cited court records.
Clark, 33, was arrested and jailed in connection with the Dec. 1 fatal shooting of the rapper (real name: Kirsnick Khari Bell), which took place at a Houston rally where a dispute over a dice game turned violent. Takeoff was not involved in play or controversy; According to Houston police, he was an “innocent bystander.” However, the warrant suggests that Quavo, Takeoff’s uncle and bandmate, played a role in the game and subsequent argument.
Also on Wednesday, Quavo released a heartfelt tribute to Takeoff, who was his nephew, albeit just four years younger. The two formed Migos in 2008 with fellow rapper Offset.
Attorneys for Clark, described by the Chronicle as a “self-employed DJ and exotic dance promoter,” asked the judge last week to lower his bail; The request was denied. During a previous bond reduction hearing, the judge ruled that Clark was not a danger to the community but could be a flight risk. According to evidence and testimony presented during a recent hearing, his bond, originally set at $2 million, was lowered to $1 million after he couldn’t find the cash to pay that amount. Although Clark’s supporters and family said they could not afford the $1 million bond, the funds were somehow raised by Wednesday. His attorneys confirmed he had been released but had no other comment to the Chronicle.
Clark must wear a GPS tracker and remain under 24/7 house arrest as part of his bond, court records state. He must avoid contact with other people involved in the shooting investigation, submit to drug testing and cannot use or possess marijuana, alcohol or firearms.
He is scheduled to appear in court again on March 9.