Defense attorneys for one of the four men accused of murdering and robbing XXXtentacion in 2018 have listed several notable rappers and celebrities as witnesses, including Drake, Quavo, Offset, the late Migos rapper Takeoff, Tekashi 6ix9ine and Joe Budden. court documents.
The move stems from unsubstantiated internet rumors swirling after XXXtentacion’s death regarding Drake’s 2017 album. On “KMT” by the OVO rapper. A year after the drama, a story was posted on XXX’s Instagram page, which read: “If anyone tried to kill me it was @champagnepapi,” Drake’s Instagram handle captioned. XXXtentacion claimed his account was hacked, and four months later he was murdered in Deerfield Beach, Florida.
Thursday (December 15) during the hearing, which was reported Miami Herald:Prosecutors called the move a ruse, and Broward County Judge Michael Usan demanded written answers as to why the superstars were appropriate. Prosecutors also noted that the defense did not provide addresses where subpeons could serve prominent celebrities, or any contact information. “It is evident from the deliberate late disclosure of the defendant’s witnesses and the comments made between the parties. [the] the defendant intended to “surprise” the state and ambush the trial,” prosecutor Pascal Achill wrote, reports AP. Herald.
An amended witness list was filed by Miami defense attorney Mauricio Padilla, who represents 27-year-old Dedrick Williams, the alleged getaway driver. Padilla denied Aquile’s claims, blaming delayed depositions.
“They are high-class people. And it’s not easy for me to call. I don’t have the numbers, but that doesn’t mean I won’t be able to,” Padilla told the judge. “Trying to call Drake is not easy. you need a drone.”
All-Star rappers listed as potential witnesses does not mean they will be required to appear in court. Their appearance will depend on Padilla proving his relevance, which remains to be seen.
XXXtentacion was shot on June 18, 2018 at the age of 20. While leaving the Riva Motorsports Motorcycle & Marine Superstore, the late rapper was attacked by two armed men. After a brief struggle, XXXtentacion was robbed and shot multiple times and later pronounced dead at Broward Health North Hospital.