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Two men accused of a double homicide that resulted in the death of a Colorado Springs rapper will be tried separately, a district court judge ruled Monday afternoon.Darneau V. Pepper, 35, and Hiram Sampson, 33, are accused in the shootings Feb. 9 that left two men dead and another two injured.Darrell Mitchel, 20, and Samone Robinson, 21, were shot in the head and killed during a confrontation at a party at the Whitney Young Manor, an apartment complex in the 2100 block of Delta Drive.The fight may have resulted from a rap dispute. Mitchel, an up-and-coming rapper who had recorded an album and performed under the name D Mitch reportedly refused to record with Sampson, also a rapper, who goes by the stage name Young Deuce.Derek Austin, 20, and Maurice Magazine, 27, were wounded in the altercation, but they got help after running to a nearby Sonic drivein.Both Pepper and Sampson argued Monday that the cases be separated because of their intent to introduce evidence indicating the other committed the crime. Pepper said he will also implicate another, unidentified, person.Sampson has pleaded not guilty. Pepper has thus far declined to enter a plea.In an arraignment Monday, Chief 4th Judicial District Judge Kirk Samelson granted separate trials to the defendants and assigned trial dates for early next fall.Pepper and Sampson are each accused of 20 felony charges including two counts of first-degree murder.


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