XXXTentacion murder trial sees defense suggest Drake was involved in rapper’s 2018 slaying after long-running feud

XXXTentacion murder trial sees defense suggest Drake was involved in rapper 

He would later retract that statement and claim his account had been hacked.

Another rapper had also made threats against XXXTentacion.

 

Defense attorneys said that with the rapper’s slaying coming just four months after the slaying of 17 people at nearby Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, the Broward Sheriff’s Office was under extreme political pressure to solve the case quickly.

‘For Broward County, for everyone involved, this was a nightmare’ said Mauricio Padilla, Williams’ attorney.

That’s why they wanted no part with investigating a celebrity, he said.

Prosecutors say there is no evidence linking Drake to the shooting, and Williams is clearly seen in the store’s surveillance video, recognizable through his distinctive facial tattoos. He was also identified by one of the clerks. Padilla conceded Williams was present in the store but didn’t say how he would explain that.

 

Prosecutor Pascale Achille told jurors that Boatwright, Newsome, Williams, and Allen, set out that day to commit armed robberies. Allen and Williams went inside the motorcycle shop to buy masks, she said.

 

There, they happened upon XXXTentacion, who, according to witness Leonard Kerr, had the $50,000 he had just gotten from the bank hanging out of his bag.

The pair recognized him, and the group seized upon the opportunity, deciding to rob him as he left, Achille said. Boatwright shot him several times ‘without any provocation,’ she said.

To varying degrees, the defendants are linked to the shooting by surveillance video and cellphone locations, and all are implicated through Allen’s expected testimony, Achille said. Then there are the social media photos of some of the men flashing the money posted that night, she said.

‘They go on social media and start bragging that they have this influx of cash,’ Achille said. ‘They flash it like it’s Christmas Day.’

Joseph Kimok, Boatwright’s attorney, also pointed the finger at a third man as the possible shooter – a friend Williams was seen talking to inside the motorcycle store just before the shooting who has the same build as his client.

He alluded that the friend could have gotten into the SUV Williams was driving outside the view of surveillance cameras. He said the evidence will show that Boatwright was asleep at the home he shared with his grandmother at the time of the shooting.

‘At no point (in the surveillance videos) will you see Mr. Boatwright, because he wasn�t there,’ Kimok said.

Yes, a cellphone linked to him was near the store – but that was a community phone used by several men, he said. And yes, he ‘very stupidly posed’ with money that night – but that money was Allen’s, not Boatwright’s, Kimok said.

Newsome’s attorney also denied that his client was present.

XXXTentacion was pronounced dead at a local hospital after he was left with multiple gunshot wounds from the shooting.

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