Key Witness In XXXTentacion Homicide Case, Sentenced to 7 Years

Robert Allen, the person who offered essential testimony towards three former pals concerned within the homicide of the late rapper XXXTentacion, has been sentenced to seven years in jail by Circuit Choose Michael Usan. 

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Robert Allen, who testified towards his former associates in XXXTentacion’s homicide case, obtained a plea deal leading to a seven-year jail sentence. The choose additionally granted Allen credit score for the 5 years he had already spent in Broward County jail whereas awaiting trial. 

Allen expressed regret and pleaded for leniency through the listening to, citing issues for his security in state jail. 

“Please forgive me, I’m so sorry,” Allen advised the courtroom. “Immediately I plead to the courtroom for my very own life to not be despatched to state jail as a result of that will be a loss of life sentence.”

The choose acknowledged Allen’s transformation however emphasised that penalties had been nonetheless obligatory. 

“I do imagine you aren’t the identical one who I arraigned 5 years in the past,” Usan mentioned. “I genuinely imagine that you’re sorry for what you’ve carried out and never sorry for your self.”

Allen’s plea to keep away from state jail stemmed from his worry of retaliation from fellow gang members for offering info.

Following his jail time period, Robert Allen will likely be positioned on probation for 20 years. Whereas he might have confronted a life sentence, the choose opted for a shorter jail time period, offering Allen with a chance for rehabilitation and rebuilding his life.

“Allen’s seven-year sentence is shockingly low,” states SOHH authorized knowledgeable Afi Patterson, Esq of The Black Letter Regulation. “He was given seven years with credit score for time served, so meaning he’ll get credit score for all the time he’s been in custody on this cost. Since he’s been in custody since 2018, he’s already served about 5 years towards his sentence. Meaning he has two remaining years. However, relying on how his correctional facility calculates “good time” and handles crimes of violence in that jurisdiction, he might serve 85% and even much less of that seven-year sentence.”

Up to date by Chris Samuel (5/17/2023)

The Hon. Choose Michael Usan dropped the gavel on three life sentences for the three males — Michael Boatwright, Dedrick Williams, and Trayvon Newsome – had been discovered responsible final month within the 2018  homicide of rising rapper XXXTentacion.

The three males convicted of killing the late-South Florida rapper, XXXTentacion, obtained life sentences on April 6.  The life sentence is a formality as Florida regulation cites a life sentence for first-degree homicide convictions, which all males had been charged with.

“You’ll spend each hour and week and 12 months in your cell,” Usan mentioned through the sentencing. “And someday you could have handed on and on that day you’d’ve served your sentence.”

Through the sentencing, XXX’s household and pals had been allowed to face the killers.

“You not solely killed a son, however you killed a father,” mentioned Solomon Sobande who was XXX’s supervisor.

“I heard the loss of life penalty is off the desk,” Melody Jones, the rapper’s nice aunt, advised the lads. “Nevertheless, no matter time is given and whichever gap you might be despatched, I hope it’s hell and also you rot there.”

The fourth man, Robert Allen, pleaded responsible to second-degree homicide and will likely be sentenced on April 12.

Up to date By: Nadya Nataly (4/6/23 at 6:00 pm)

All three of XXXTentacion’s killers, Michael Boatwright, Dedrick Williams, and Trayvon Newsome had been discovered responsible of killing the late rapper. Over 20 hours of deliberation later– which started on March 7, the jury lastly delivered a “responsible” verdict on the XXXTentacion homicide trial on March 20. The three males every face life in jail.

Up to date By: Nadya Nataly (3/20/23 at 1:11 pm)

The three males on trial for the homicide of XXXTentacion had been discovered responsible of killing the rapper in a botched robbery-turned-homicide, on March 20. 

Michael Boatwright

Boatwright was recognized as the triggerman within the capturing that killed XXX and was discovered responsible of first-degree homicide and theft with a firearm. 

Dedrick Williams

Williams was discovered responsible of first-degree homicide, theft with a firearm, and working a car and not using a legitimate license. Williams was recognized in courtroom as the getaway driver. 

Trayvon Newsome

The third man, who was additionally the second gunman within the case. He was additionally the one seen grabbing XXX’s Louis Vuitton that held the $50,000 in money from the passenger facet. He was discovered responsible of first-degree homicide and theft with a lethal weapon.

Robert Allen

Allen, the fourth man concerned pleaded responsible to second-degree homicide and theft with a firearm in August 2022. Allen was additionally the prosecution’s star witness, who testified towards Williams, Boatwright, and Newsome. 

Allen, hoping for higher sentencing, might have pleaded responsible, but when all the males are convicted, he might see lesser sentencing. His sentencing was set initially for Feb. 23 however was modified to comply with the trial.

Boatwright, Newsome, and Williams had been all convicted of first-degree homicide and face necessary life sentences as soon as sentenced.

XXXTentacion was shot and killed on June 18, 2018, leaving Riva Motorsports. Through the trial, it was revealed the lads focused XXX  and deliberate to rob him.  Armed with weapons, they blocked the exit of the dealership as XXX was leaving. Two males, Williams and Boatwright, approached the rapper’s BMW.  There was a short battle earlier than Boatwright opened fireplace, three pictures, killing XXXTentacion.

The jury within the homicide trial of late-Florida rapper, XXXTentacion, has not reached a verdict and continues deliberating since March seventh.  The jury will enter its sixth day of deliberations on March 15 at 10:30 a.m. ET.

There’s nonetheless no verdict because the jury within the homicide trial of late-Florida rapper, XXXtentacion gears to enter its sixth day of deliberations at 10:30 a.m. on March fifteenth. 

Following the state and protection’s closing arguments,  the 12-person jury has been in deliberation for roughly 20 hours since March 7. 

Requesting to assessment proof, on March 13,  the jurors crowded close to a projector display screen to assessment about 12,000 textual content messages, an enormous variety of movies, and images seized from the 2 cell telephones that additionally included timestamps, location, and metadata.

The photographs and movies from the telephones of the alleged shooter, Michael Boatwright, and the accused getaway driver, Dedrick Williams additionally included the lads flashing fistfuls of $100 hours after they robbed, shot, and killed XXX.

Earlier than wrapping up the fourth day, March 13, of deliberation, the jurors additionally requested to see a transcript of Willam’s assertion to detectives following his arrest. Broward County Sheriff, John Curcio, one of many lead detectives within the case, testified on the assertion however a transcript was not entered into proof. The jurors had been advised by Hon. Choose Michael Usan to depend on their reminiscence of what Curcio mentioned. 

On the fifth day of deliberations, March 14, the jury nonetheless had no verdict. Choose Usan mentioned the jurors are anticipated to return for a sixth day,  March 15, at 10:30 a.m. to proceed deliberations.

Updated By: Nadya Nataly (3/14/23 at 6:00 pm)

The jury, who’ve been listening to witness testimonies since Feb. 7 within the homicide trial of late-Florida rapper, XXXTentacion, has formally entered deliberation on March 8. Just some hours in, the Hon. Choose Michael Usan instructed the jurors to return on March 9 at 10:30 a.m. to proceed deliberations. 

Up to date By: Nadya Nataly (3/8/23 at 6:25 pm)

Spilling into two days, March 7-8, of closing arguments all sides introduced arguments one final time.  Prosecutor Pascale Achille known as the lads, Dedrick Williams, Michael Boatwright, and Trayvon Newsom —  “predators” who attacked an unsuspecting XXX.

Achille urged the jury to return with a “responsible” conviction.

She additionally performed cellphone movies of the defendants hours after XXX died and laid out ballistic and cellular phone proof.

“That is who they’re,” Achille advised the jury whereas enjoying movies of the lads smiling, dancing, and flashing fistfuls of $100 payments.

“That is their actual character,” she continued. “Killers that inside 24 hours after capturing the sufferer lifeless and stealing $50,000 from him, that is what they do.”

“Take a look at how pleased they give the impression of being. Take a look at how excited they give the impression of being,” she famous as she continued to play the video.

Achille additionally performed surveillance video from the Riva Motorsports and of the lads allegedly stashing the Black Dodge Journey SUV she claimed linked the lads to the homicide.

Boatwright’s lawyer, Joseph Kimok introduced the ultimate protection closing arguments on March 8. He advised jurors that whereas XXX struggled along with his killers earlier than getting shot to loss of life, the DNA discovered on his physique, together with the stolen chain, wasn’t from Boatwright. 

Kimok additionally mentioned the DNA wasn’t Newsome’s,  the accused second gunman or Williams who has been accused of being the getaway driver and ringleader.

“Whoever (XXXTentacion) struggled with just isn’t on this courtroom,” Kimok advised the jurors. “The DNA proves that somebody not named, Michael Boatwright or Trayvon Newsome participated on this homicide.”

Boatwright has been named the alleged shooter that shot the three bullets that killed XXXtentacion. 

William’s lawyer, Mauricio Padilla  advised the jury Allen was a “liar.” Noting that the prosecution’s extra witnesses additionally contradicted one another. He additionally mentioned the Broward County Sheriff’s division didn’t take a look at different doable suspects, particularly rap star Drake, who was beefing with XXX on the time of his loss of life.

Talking of the social media money flash, Padilla mentioned Williams did different work, together with tattooing that he bought paid in money. He additionally mentioned the video of Williams with the money meant nothing.

Padilla additionally made efforts to forged doubt on the surveillance video proof and advised the jury that whereas Williams was within the dealership and seen strolling again to the SUV, there have been moments the  Black Dodge Journey appears not seen and Williams might have simply gotten out and left.

Newsome’s lawyer, George Reres, urged the jury to not convict him primarily based on Allen’s testimony or proof. Reres mentioned the proof implicates the opposite two males, however Newsome.

“He was not there,” Reres advised the jury. 

Reres additionally poked on the state’s star witness and famous that Allen was a “12-time convicted felon who shouldn’t be believed.” 

He additionally famous that Newsome’s DNA was not discovered on any proof. 

“He did some silly issues — he posed with some cash,” Reres mentioned about Newsome. “Guilt by affiliation just isn’t one thing the regulation permits.”

The three males, Dedrick Williams, Michael Boatwright, and Trayvon Newsom might every be convicted for all times in jail. 

The fourth man, Robert Allen, additionally the prosecution’s star witness, pleaded responsible and is presently awaiting sentencing.

5 years after XXXTentacion’s homicide, the state and protection rested their case on March 3. Gearing up for closing statements, the three males on trial for the late-Florida rapper’s homicide every face life in jail.

The homicide trial of the late-Florida rapper, XXXTentacion is beginning to wind down as all sides, prosecution, and protection have “rested” their instances.

Closing statements are anticipated to start out on March 7.

Up to date By: Nadya Nataly (3/6/23 at 12:24 pm)

The prosecution known as its remaining witness, on March 2, Broward Sheriff’s Workplace digital forensics examiner, James Kepvanee.

Kempvanee reviewed cellphone proof belonging to defendants Dedrick Williams and Michael Boatwright. In accordance with Kempvanee’s testimony, cellular phone location information linked the defendants, Williams and Boatwright to the scene. The cellphone additionally included incriminating pictures and movies captured hours after the homicide, in response to Kempvanee.

He additionally mentioned one of many pictures was of XXX’s stolen money taken at round 10:15 p.m. on June 18, 2018, the day of the late rapper’s homicide.

On the sixteenth day of the trial, March 1, there was no courtroom in session.

Although the state and protection continued to cross-examine knowledgeable witnesses, they revisited the witness intimidation in direction of the state’s star witness, Robert Allen.

In accordance with Broward County Deputy David Alvarez, he was escorting Allen when Newsome began yelling at them.

“He started to yell ‘there he’s, working with the popo, the police,” Alvarez mentioned concerning Newsome’s outbursts earlier than courtroom. “He additionally mentioned he’s working with the white man now.”

The state is anticipated to name its remaining witness on March 2 with no courtroom scheduled for March 1.

On the fourteenth day of the trial, Feb. 27, there was no courtroom in session.

Drake was not too long ago dismissed from the homicide trial of late Florida rapper XXXTentacion after his authorized group filed motions requesting deposition. However regardless of his dismissal, since Feb. 16, his identify continues to hang-out the trial. The Toronto rapper’s feud with XXXTentacion resurfaced as protection attorneys tried to tie the homicide to his 2017 friction with the late rapper. 

In accordance with Drake’s lawyer Bradford Cohen, who filed the movement, there was “no proof” connecting Drake to XXX’s homicide.

“No proof,” Cohen insisted in a reported courtroom submitting. “Has been offered to substantiate the assertion that the [Drake] in any manner contributed to, had information of, or participated within the alleged incident.”

“… to mandate that he seem for deposition for one thing that he very clearly has no related information of is unreasonable,” he continued within the courtroom submitting.

Prosecutor Pascale Achille has additionally made efforts to forged doubt on the protection’s argument that XXX’s loss of life was not linked to different artists or media personalities. However the protection, wished to query Drake’s involvement, if any in any respect.

“At this level it seems to me nothing greater than harassment of somebody …” Choose Michael Usan mentioned. “You are actually simply making an attempt to pull any person in who’s a celeb.”

On the cross-examination, Broward Sheriff’s Detective John Curcio was requested concerning the beef between the rappers. Referring to January 2017 when Drake launched the preview of his ”KMT” for his Extra Life album. It was when folks started evaluating his movement to XXX’s breakout track, “Look At Me!”

Although Drake denied he jacked the track, XXX accused him of stealing his movement in an interview on Miami’s 103.5 The Beat.

“He isn’t a person. I feel he’s a b*tch, that’s a b*tch transfer,” XXX mentioned angrily after he known as Drake out.

Referencing the meat, the protection attorneys additionally requested Det. Curcio of his information of the social media posts that XXX publicly shared that outright pointed at Drake — and mentioned if he ever bought killed, accountable it on him. XXX later mentioned his web page had been hacked.

He was additionally questioned why he didn’t additional examine the opposite rappers, who XXX was additionally feuding with together with — 600 Breezy, Tekashi 6ix9ine, Joe Budden, and Migos members: Quavo, Offset, and the late-rapper Takeoff.

Curcio mentioned he was solely conscious of the tweet associated to Drake, which couldn’t be confirmed, he mentioned.

“I’ve no drawback with Drake,” Curcio replied after paraphrasing XXX’s social posts.

Broward County Medical Examiner, Iouri Boiko offered the six-person jury with particulars on the deadly wounds XXXTentacion, whose actual identify is Jahseh Onfroy, sustained when he was gunned down in the summertime of 2018.

Boiko mentioned every bullet struck XXX simply centimeters aside. 

“Three separate bullets had been there an exit wound on wound A for Mr. Onfroy,” state prosecutor Pascale Achille requested.

The jury was introduced with graphic photographs of the deadly wounds sustained by the late rapper. Choose Michael Usan additionally requested the photographs not be turned towards the general public as a result of unsettling photographs.

“No,” Boiko replied, noting a projectile or bullet remained inside XXX.

Broward County firearms knowledgeable, William Ruiz Fontanez mentioned all bullets got here from the identical firearm. 

“The three bullets had been fired by the identical unknown 22-long rifle caliber firearm,” mentioned William Ruiz Fontanez additionally referring to casings discovered on the scene.

The trial is anticipated to final by means of March 31 however might wrap earlier.  

Broward Sheriff Workplace Det. John Curcio testified on William’s cellular phone proof on Feb. 21. In accordance with Curcio, the timelines main as much as XXX’s premature loss of life matched.

“The 2 completely different timelines mirrored one another,” Curcio mentioned. “When the cellphone arrived, the automotive, the journey is seen, when the cellphone leaves Riva, the journey is leaving Riva.

Prosecutors additionally performed Instagram movies of Williams flashing the 1000’s of {dollars} of stolen money on social media.

Broward Sheriff Workplace  Det. Walter Foster mentioned the clothes Williams was carrying the day of the homicide helped him establish him.

 “He was carrying a white or grey tank high and a few darkish coloured pants and a few orange slides or slippers,” Foster described.

The courtroom won’t be in session as a result of observance of President’s Day on Feb. 20. Courtroom will resume on Feb. 21. 

Riva Motorsports gross sales consultant, Marco Rueda, additionally hit the stand and advised jurors on Feb. 17 “there was lots of struggling happening.” He recalled being 60 toes away when the lads ambushed XXXtentacion.

“One in all them came to visit to the passenger’s facet when the door was open,” Rueda testified.

Following the gunshots, Rueda mentioned he noticed the lads velocity off within the black Dodge Journey

“I noticed the particular person over Mr. Onfroy holding the rifle gun no matter it was,” Rueta mentioned. “I noticed him struggling, struggling, reaching in, reaching into the automotive, the opposite gentleman additionally reaching reaching and I heard the gunshots.”

He additionally shared how the late rapper’s loss of life affected him.

“He was such a pleasant younger man,” Rueda added. “He at all times got here in tremendous pleased. That’s the manner he appeared that day.”

Up to date By: Nadya Nataly (2/17/23 at 6:00 pm)

Broward Sheriff’s Workplace leads forensic investigator, Det. Clint Williams, on Feb. 16, walked the jury by means of proof collected on the day of the crime, June 18, 2016. The alleged three males on trial killed the late rapper in a botched theft, with a fourth pleading responsible in August 2022.

Strolling the jury by means of graphic proof, Achille requested Det. Williams concerning the gunshot “defects” evident on the jacket and sweater XXXTentacion wore at Riva Motorsports on June 2016, in Deerfield Seashore, Fla., the place he was murdered.

Through the three-minute theft, Robert Allen, who testified towards Dedrick Williams, Michael Boatwright, Trayvon Newsome,  claimed — Boatwright fired the two-three pictures that killed XXXTentacion and Newsome snatched the Louis Vuitton bag with money.

The injuries sustained by XXX, matched the bodily proof in response to Det. Williams, who spoke on the forensics, linked to the video the place the shooter, allegedly Boatwright, aimed a gun straight into the driving force’s window on the left facet of the automotive.

Achille identified the holes on the left facet of the jacket and sweater close to the neck the place XXX sustained the catastrophic gunshot wounds. 

“Does it seem the defects in state’s [Exhibit] 34 are coming from the place it could be the left neck of the sufferer the place gunshots can be if the sufferer was shot within the left facet of the neck?”

“Each the sweater and the jacket help that,” Det. Williams replied.

Allen additionally mentioned he contacted Tony Robinson, William’s pal, who rented the car for the lads, to coordinate the rental. The aforementioned car was used within the fee of the crime. 

“I obtained a name from Chuck,” Robinson mentioned. “Saying that Massive Rob, [Allen], wished to lease a automotive, however as a result of Chucky, [Williams], wasn’t going to be current, I requested him to have Massive Rob name me straight.”

Later that day she bought a cellphone name from Boatright, who advised her that they had wrecked the Dodge Journey.

Robinson mentioned when she caught up with Williams, he was “upset.”

She additionally mentioned she stayed at her home whereas Williams drove to the scene of the accident in her automotive. She additionally recalled when Allen, Boatwright, Newsome, and Williams later confirmed up collectively. The group argued about who would take accountability for the rental automotive damages, she recalled.

“He, [Williams], felt he shouldn’t must pay for it since he wasn’t there when it occurred,” she testified.

That’s when Williams handed her $1000 in money that she used to pay for the damages to the rental automotive.

“They had been one-hundred-denomination payments,” Robinson recalled. “And so they had been all crispy.”

Scott Barbieux, a witness who noticed the second XXX was killed, additionally testified. He additionally captured the incident with this cellphone. Barbieux mentioned he heard the pictures fired earlier than the lads drove away within the rental. 

“After I heard the pictures for a pair seconds I used to be behind the automotive,” Barbieux mentioned. “Then, after I flip round, that’s after they jumped within the automotive and so they drove away.”

Barbieux testified he duck for canopy and as soon as the lads drove away within the Dodge he ran to the BMW. After shaking the lifeless XXX, he mentioned, he snapped a photograph of the wounded rapper and posted it on his Snapchat minutes later.

Achille requested why he took the image.

“As a result of I used to be an enormous fan of his, and I wished a photograph to keep in mind that perpetually,” Barbieux replied.

Barbieux’s then-girlfriend, Layla Can even testified an analogous account to Barbieux and likewise famous she too was with on the Riva Motorsports that afternoon.

“They had been yelling, ‘Get out of the automotive’”, Can testified. “I noticed them attain into the automotive. Each of them had been on the driving force’s facet.”

Tenell Carter, the ex-girlfriend of one of many males concerned within the botched robbery-turned-homicide, hit the witness stand on the sixth day of the homicide trial. Carter mentioned Drake and different celebrities named had nothing to do with the homicide.

Drake received’t be deposed, in response to Hon. Choose Michael Usan.

Up to date By: Nadya Nataly (2/17/23 at 12:15 pm)

On the stand, Assistant State Legal professional Pascale Achille questioned Dedrick Williams’ ex-girlfriend Tenell Carter, who was advised by Williams himself that he was current for the theft and homicide. 
Williams is one in every of three males — Michael Boatwright, 28, and Trayvon Newsome, 24, on trial for the killing of South Florida rapper XXXTentacion on June 18, 2018. The fourth gunman, Robert Allen, pleaded responsible in 2022 and was the state’s star witness.

Williams is the alleged getaway driver.

“Dedrick Williams truly advised you that he was current through the theft and the murder of Jahseh Onfroy, did he not,” Achille requested Carter. 

“Sure, ma’am,” Carter responded. 

Achille additionally requested Carter if Williams advised her he noticed the theft by the accused — shooter, Boatwright, and the gunman, Newsome. 

“And he advised you you knew them personally?” Achille adopted. 

Carter confirmed each questions.

“It wasn’t speculated to go down like that,” Carter advised Achille that Williams had advised her,

Achille additionally questioned the involvement of different celebrities talked about or named as concerned within the case. Months earlier than the trial, many rumors circulated on social media, including a star-studded record of rappers to the witness record. 

From Drake, with whom XXX had an ongoing feud, to Chicago rapper 600 Breezy, Tekashi 6ix9ine, Joe Budden, and Migos members: Quavo, Offset, and the late-rapper Takeoff, who handed away in November 2022.

The witness record was initially submitted by Williams’ protection lawyer Mauricio Padilla who named Drake in his opening statements.

As of Feb. 16, Drake won’t be summoned to be deposed within the XXXTentacion homicide trial. On the time of press, it was unknown whether or not the opposite named celebrities can be pursued or if they’d comply with Drake’s current strikes and file motions to skip getting deposed.

Up to date By: Nadya Nataly (2/16/23 at 2:30 pm)

William’s protection lawyer, Mauricio Padilla issued a movement requiring Drake to ship a deposition. Padilla additionally talked about Drake in his opening statements on Feb. 7. Los Angeles Journal authorized reporter Meghann Cuniff shared, on Twitter, courtroom paperwork the place Padilla detailed the try to ship the subpoena to Drake’s California dwelling was “kicked” down the driveway by his armed safety after the servers had been despatched away on Feb. 14th.

Robert Allen, the one suspect to plead responsible in 2022 for the homicide of the late rapper XXXTentacion, continued to testify towards the opposite suspects on trial on Feb. 14. 

Detailing the moments main as much as XXX’s loss of life, Allen, underneath oath described his position through the moments main as much as the capturing. He additionally recognized He recognized his co-defendants on the surveillance video and in courtroom. He adopted his testimony with detailed info on their roles in through the theft.

The fourth defendant, mentioned as soon as they acknowledged the rapper, it was settled they’d rob him.  Allen additionally testified that Canadian rapper Drake didn’t rent him or any of the defendants to rob and kill XXXTentacion, in response to continued experiences from Regulation and Crime.

Inside the shop, Allen, together with Williams, Boatwright, and Newsome could be seen on digicam eyeing XXXTentacion. 

To look as in the event that they left the Riva Motorsports’ premises in Deerfield, Fla., the lads parked throughout the road and waited for the rapper. The plan, in response to Allen, was to dam XXX off.  The rapper was unaware he was in any hazard, Allen additionally added. 

“I knew there was an excellent likelihood we might be caught,” Allen mentioned. 

As soon as XXX left Riva Motorsports and bought into his automotive, the black Dodge Journey “pulled up.” Boatwright and Newsome jumped out of the automotive. Whereas Boatwright held the gun, Newsom tugged at XXX’s chain. 

Newsom seized the Louis Vuitton bag on the passenger facet. In the meantime, Boatwright allegedly shot on the driver’s facet window, level clean at XXX, in response to Allen.

After the incident, the lads fled to Robinson’s residence, Allen mentioned.

Allen additionally admitted on the cross-examination that the made a cope with prosecutors might cut back his sentence to 5 to 6 years for his testimony. He additionally confirmed he might stroll free before later if prosecutors are happy along with his testimony and his co-defendants are convicted.

Wrapping up his final day on the stand, Allen, on redirect, mentioned five-time Grammy Award-winning rapper, Drake didn’t rent him, Williams, Boatwright, or Newsome, to rob or kill XXXtentacion.

Canadian rapper Drake was speculated to get deposed on Feb. 10, however filed a movement, on Feb. 13, to get out of the deposition within the homicide trial, in response to TMZ experiences. This follows Choose Usan’s order to look on Zoom on Feb. 24 to reply questions after allegedly skipping a deposition on Jan. 27. 

If Drizzy misses the subsequent deposition date, he should seem inside Broward County’s seventeenth Judicial Circuit Courtroom on Feb. 27 for Choose Usan to find out whether or not he must be held in contempt of courtroom.

XXXTentatcion homicide trial witness, Robert Allen underneath oath on Feb. 13 mentioned he lied in earlier statements to detectives.  Allen is without doubt one of the 4 males that ambushed the late rapper at Riva Motorsports in June 2018. Allen pleaded responsible in August 2022.

Below oath, Allen admitted he wasn’t forthcoming throughout preliminary questioning. He confessed he lied concerning the cash, weapons, and chain snatching.

“I attempted to make it seem to be I didn’t know nothing… I used to be mainly simply telling [detectives] what Dedrick [Williams] advised me.  I used to be simply making an attempt to keep away from placing myself underneath, on the time.” 

Allen continued to testify and recognized his pal, Tony Robinson as the person who rented the Black Dodge Journey for him. William’s lawyer, Mauricio Padilla asserted Allen and Robinson had a sexual relationship, however Achille argued Padilla was deliberately making an attempt to mislead the jury.

Honorable Choose Michael Usan launched the jury for the day, courtroom and counsel would return at 3:30 p.m. EST for Motions.

On the fourth day of the trial, Feb. 10, there was no courtroom in session.

Prosecutors mentioned co-defendant Trayvon Newsome yelled slurs and tried to intimidate Robert Allen, the state witness who has implicated three different males within the theft and homicide of XXXTentacion on Feb. 9. 

Allen pleaded responsible to second-degree homicide in August 2022. He took the stand for the primary time on Feb. 9 to testify towards co-defendants — Newsome, Boatwright, and Williams. All 4 males are accused of taking part within the June 18, 2018 killing of XXXTentacion.

Florida prosecutors mentioned XXXTentacion homicide defendant Trayvon Newsome yelled on the confessed assailant, Robert Allen, whereas in holding cells earlier than the courtroom.

The alleged witness tampering was confirmed by Broward Deputy David Alvarez who testified that Newsome yelled at Allen whereas the 2 males had been being transported to the courtroom that very same day. 

“What we are able to hear is,”  Alvarez testified. “Mr. Newsome yell out ‘there he’s, working with the police, the ‘po-po.’ He additionally mentioned ‘you’re working with the White man now.”

Prosecutor, Pascale Achille, identified to the courtroom that Allen was a cloth witness getting intimidated by Newsome within the midst of testimony proceedings.

“I heard that I used to be a police ass n—-,” Allen advised Hon. Choose Michael Usan. “I work for the police, I’m doing a white man’s job and I’m a sell-out.”

“Had been you in a position to establish who it was that made these feedback,” Choose Usan requested Allen.

Allen recognized Newsome.

“I feel it’s a transparent try for him to attempt to change the witness’ testimony,” Achille mentioned. “to attempt to change the result of this case.”

Throughout Achille’s cross-examination with Allen, she additionally requested him to element the occasions main as much as the late rapper, XXXTentacion’s loss of life.

The surveillance video of the incident was introduced in courtroom whereas Achille requested Allen questions and offered narration because it performed.

Achille additionally requested him to substantiate what he and the opposite defendants that allegedly killed X, what they regarded like, what they become, and the communication that they had all through the day, main as much as X’s homicide. 

The courtroom just isn’t anticipated to be in session on Feb. 10 however will resume on Feb. 13.

The trial for the homicide of XXXTentacion was underway on Feb. 7 with prosecutors making their opening statements. The accused killers, Dedrick Williams, 26, Michael Boatwright, 28, Trayvon Newsome, 24, had been current in courtroom as opening statements had been underway signaling the beginning of the trial.

Up to date By: Chris Samuel (2/7/23 at 5:22 pm)

Opening statements by the prosecutor and attorneys had been introduced at trial for the homicide of the late rapper, XXXTentacion, who was shot and killed on June 18, 2018.

The trial’s prosecutor, Pascale Achille, learn her opening statements. She detailed how defendants Boatwright, Williams, and Newsome coordinated the theft and homicide of XXXTentacion.

Achille described the day of the homicide. She detailed that XXXTentacion, whose actual identify was Jahseh Onfroy, was with pals seeking to buy a bike. 

She additionally identified to the jurors the defendants got down to purposely commit theft and homicide in 2018, at Riva Motorsports in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 

Within the opening assertion by Achille, she described the aftermath of the homicide, with the defendants flashing cash and different stolen belongings of the slain rapper.

“They go on social media and begin bragging that they’ve this inflow of money,”  Achille mentioned. “They flash it prefer it’s Christmas Day.”

Achille used examples of surveillance movies, cellular phone places, and social media photographs that will all be listed as proof to justify every defendant discovered responsible. 

Achille listed a number of witnesses that she would use to establish who shot XXX and the occasions that transpired earlier than and after the theft. 

Boatwright’s lawyer, Joseph Kimok, defended his shopper in his opening assertion and claimed his innocence following Achille’s opening presentation.

“Michael Boatwright just isn’t responsible,” Kimok mentioned. “The police in 2018 arrested the incorrect man.”

The fourth defendant, Robert Allen, was not current in courtroom throughout opening statements. Allen, who plead responsible in August 2022, has additionally agreed to testify towards his co-defendants — Boatwright, Newsome, and Williams.

Allen pleaded responsible to second-degree homicide and theft with a firearm. He will likely be sentenced on Feb. 23. 

Witnesses within the trial might embrace rappers Drake, Tekashi 6ix9ine, 600 Breezy, Offset, and Quavo.

After jury choice lasted over three weeks, opening statements started Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 10:45 am. SOHH’s first day of official trial protection will start on Feb. 7. Keep tuned as SOHH will likely be offering continuous updates.

Jury choice continued for the homicide trial of XXXTentacion. Opening statements are anticipated to happen the week of Monday, Feb. 6.

Three Heading To Trial

The next three out of 4 suspects, Dedrick Williams (26), Trayvon Newsome (24), and Michael Boatwright (28), will likely be going through trial for the homicide of the late rapper XXXTentacion. All three males, additionally charged with armed theft, might obtain life sentences if convicted of first-degree homicide.

Final August, Robert Allen (26) was the one suspect to plead responsible to second-degree homicide. In accordance with investigators, surveillance video and different proof hyperlink the defendants to the killing.

On the time of his loss of life, XXXtentacion additionally had a variety of fees stacked up towards him. He was set to face trial for home abuse earlier than his premature loss of life, in response to Regulation and Crime experiences. The late South Florida rapper gained speedy reputation that landed him an American Music Award for favourite Soul and R&B for his ’17’ album in 2018. A 12 months later, in 2019, he additionally obtained a posthumous honor, almost one 12 months after his premature loss of life on the Billboard Music Award for Prime R&B Album for ’17’.

Choose Guidelines On Gang Skilled

Simply earlier than jury choice, the protection tried to have Jesse De La Cruz, a former gang chief, and convicted felon, testify. De La Cruz, initiated at 13, was a member of two avenue gangs earlier than altering his life and incomes a doctorate on how gangs exert social management in communities. 

“The gangs you could have in Florida, which are just like the Crips or the Bloods, are initially from California, in order that they have the identical traits, the identical nuances, as those over there,” De La Cruz mentioned. The choose later dominated that the gang knowledgeable wouldn’t be allowed.

Witnesses In XXXTentacion’s Homicide Trial

As a result of a considerable quantity of swirling web rumors, a number of rappers have been named as witnesses within the homicide case of the late Florida rapper. The rappers on the witness record embrace chart-topping rapper Drake, with whom X had an ongoing feud—and others, together with Chicago rapper 600 Breezy, Tekashi 6ix9ine, and Migos members: Quavo, Offset, and late artist Takeoff, who handed away in November.

In accordance with Billboard, the witness record was initially submitted by Miami protection lawyer Mauricio Padilla, who additionally represents Dedrick Williams–the alleged getaway driver. Nevertheless, the rappers aren’t obligated to look in courtroom.

Arrests Made For The Homicide Of XXXTentacion

In July 2018, A Florida grand jury indicted the 4 males on first-degree homicide and armed theft fees within the deadly capturing of the “HOPE” rapper.

Dedrick Williams and Robert Allen had been seen on surveillance cameras the place the late rapper was buying. A retailer clerk claimed he witnessed Williams buying a black neoprene masks and acknowledged him as a repeat buyer. 

In accordance with Miami Police, Williams was arrested throughout a visitors cease in Pompano Seashore two days after XXXTentacion’s homicide, and Michael Boatwright was arrested for unrelated drug fees shortly after. 

Allen, who pleaded responsible to second-degree homicide, was tracked and arrested by U.S. Marshals in Macon, Georgia. Seven weeks after the capturing, Trayvon Newsome, additionally recognized because the second gunman, surrendered to authorities. 

XXXTentacion Shot And Killed

Authorities said XXXTentacion was leaving Riva Motorsports in Deerfield Seashore, FL, with a pal when an SUV blocked his BMW on June 18, 2018. Two masked gunmen then approached the driving force’s window, the place one shot XXX and grabbed the late rapper’s Louis Vuitton bag containing $50K earlier than dashing away.

The Miami Herald reported XXX had beforehand stopped at Financial institution of America and withdrew the $50K in 100 greenback payments. As well as, Boatwright is believed to have been the suspect who pulled the set off, ensuing within the rapper’s loss of life.

Initially Written By: Nicole Bartley


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