Dedrick Williams, the man accused of killing musician XXXTENTACION, has had additional evidence linking him to the rapper's death unearthed by the prosecution, which is a setback to his defense.
In fresh court records, the Broward County State Attorney's office reportedly claimed that a search of Williams' residence turned up a live round of ammunition that was tied to X's murder in June 2018 according to AllHipHop. Additionally, they have found that the suspect's phone rang precisely one minute prior to the shooting at RIVA Motorsports in Deerfield Beach, Florida, where XXXTENTACION was killed.
Prosecutors already got video showing Dedrick Williams handing out $100 notes two days after the murder, and they believe this is related to the $50,000 or more that the Bad Vibes Forever rapper's assailants allegedly stole from him. Authorities were able to pinpoint the exact time the video was recorded on June 20 by using GPS data.
Broward County prosecutors also received a statement from Williams' ex-girlfriend, Teneli, in addition to the newly disclosed material. Off-the-record, the lady claimed that her then-boyfriend had admitted that he had been with his co-defendants on the day of the murder: Trayvon Newsome, also known as Tray, and Michael Boatwright, who she identified by his last name.
Today, the high-profile trial for the deadly shooting of XXXTENTACION is scheduled to start in Broward County, Florida.
Dedrick Williams' defense attorney, Mauricio Padilla, recently announced the witnesses he planned to summon to the stand: Drake, 6ix9ine, Joe Budden, Quavo, Offset, Ski Mask the Slump God, Top 5, and Tankhead666. Originally on the list was TakeOff, who was fatally shot in October 2022.
During his quick ascent to fame, the "Look At Me!" rapper got into a number of fights. His brief altercation with Drake sparked rumors that the OVO hitmaker was somehow connected to his demise.
The rappers may be required to testify at trial or provide depositions on their familiarity with disputes involving XXXTENTACION because they are named as defense witnesses. Rappers' attorneys or prosecutors, however, may seek a judge to exclude them from the case due to a lack of evidence connecting them to the murder.
In addition, Padilla has asked for security footage of his client's interactions with Kodak Black, who was detained at the same time as Dedrick Williams from July 15 to July 17 in the Broward County Jail.
Williams had been detained at the Broward County Jail for nearly a month prior to the alleged interaction with Kodak. His arrest occurred two days after X (real name Jahseh Onfroy) was fatally shot during an attempted robbery.
Padilla's request was highly specific, despite the fact that it was not made clear in the court records what he hoped to prove using the video. The request is to have access to the footage that the jail's cameras in cells 5 and 7 of unit 6A between 3:00 and 5:00 PM on July 15 and July 16 of 2018 captured. A request for any "keep separate orders" that would have stopped the two men from coming into contact with one another is also included in the petition.
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