In the trial of XXXTentacion’s murder, three men were found guilty of first-degree murder and armed robbery.
Dedrick Williams, Michael Boatwright, and Trayvon Newsome face mandatory life sentences. A fourth person, Robert Allen, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and testified for the prosecution.
The rapper, whose real name was Jahseh Onfroy, was shot and killed during a robbery outside a motorcycle shop in 2018. The trial began in February, almost five years after his death. The prosecution argued that the robbery went wrong, and surveillance video played in court showed the moment the two masked gunmen attacked the rapper’s car.
During closing arguments, the defendants’ attorneys raised doubts about the DNA evidence and social media posts showing suspects with the money. Williams’ lawyer even attempted to bring up an alleged feud between Drake and XXXTentacion, but the judge ruled that Drake would not be deposed due to a lack of evidence linking him to the shooting.