XXXTentacion murder: Rappers Drake, deceased member of Migos listed as possible witness in upcoming trial
FLORIDA - Multiple rappers, including Drake and all three members of the group Migos, have been added to the list of possible witnesses in the upcoming trial against one of the four men charged in the shooting death of South Florida rapper and social media sensation XXXTentacion.
The defense for one of four men charged in the murder case filed the list of 30 new possible witnesses Tuesday, and the prosecution responded the following day, pointing out that one of the men on the list died last month.
XXXTentacion, whose real name was Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, was a 20-year-old rising star in June 2018 when suspects rushed up to his car and shot him outside a Deerfield Beach motorcycle shop.
He died later in a Fort Lauderdale hospital.
POMPANO BEACH,FL - JUNE 20: Handout image Broward Sheriff's Office, Dedrick D. Williams mugshot after being arrested on suspicion of murdering rapper XXXTentacion on June 20, 2018 in Pompano Beach, Florida. (Photo by Broward Sheriff's Office via Gett
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Four men were later charged in the case and two of them were arrested: 22-year-old Michael Boatwright and 22-year-old Dedrick D. Williams, who both face first-degree murder charges.
FT. LAUDERDALE, FL - JULY 10: Handout photo provided Broward County Sheriff’s Office, Michael Boatwright, 22, booking photo after arrest on charges of first-degree murder July 10, 2018 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Broward County Sheriff's O
Trayvon Newsome, 20, and Robert Allen, 22, have also been charged in the case.
Thirty new names were added to the list of possible witnesses in Williams' trial, which is set to start January 9, 2023 in Broward County, in a filing by the defense Wednesday, Dec. 13.
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On the list are rappers Drake (Aubrey Drake Graham), Tekashi 6ix9ine (Daniel Hernandez, Joe Budden (Joseph Anthony Budden) and members of the rap trio Migos – Quavo (Quavious Keyate Marshal), Offset (Kiari Kendrell Cephus) and Takeoff (Kirshnik Khari Ball).
ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 9: Rapper Drake performs onstage during "Lil Baby & Friends Birthday Celebration Concert" at State Farm Arena on December 9, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage)
However, Takeoff was shot and killed at a Houston bowling alley in November. Documents filed by the prosecution Dec. 14 note that Takeoff was deceased and should not be included on the list.
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NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - NOVEMBER 21: The Migos and Nyla Symone attend Power 105.1's Powerhouse 2021 at Prudential Center on November 21, 2021 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
The prosecution said in its filing that the defense's "late disclosure of the Defendant's witnesses and comments made between he parties and Defendant intended to 'surprise' the state and create a trial by ambush."
The defense's list of new possible witnesses did not provide information about why each person might be helpful for defending Dedrick Williams in the case.
This story was reported from Tampa, Florida.