If Drake fails to show up, he’s ordered appear before the court on Feb. 27th.
Defense in XXXTentacion murder trial suggests Drake may be tied to rapper’s death
Drake’s name was mentioned in XXXTentacion’s murder trial.
It’s been nearly five years since XXXTentacion was fatally shot outside of a motorcycle dealership in Florida. On Thursday (Feb. 9.), Rolling Stone reported Drizzy Drake ordered to appear for deposition in XXXTentacion murder trial. The defendants' defense points out that ‘Certified Lover Boy’ may be involved.
Due to a feud between the two rappers, the defense lawyers for the three men facing a first-degree murder charge “believes Drake is connected” to the late star's death.
The Canadian superstar and the late rapper born Jahseh Onfroy, better known as XXXTentacion who was shot and killed in 2018, defense attorney Mauricio Padilla believes Drake might have actually been behind XXX’s death — and in an effort to solidify that claim, he tried to subpoena the Certified Lover Boy rapper last month.
The late rapper, once claimed on social media that if he ever ended up dead, Drake was the reason, though he later retracted that bold statement.
According to a court document, Drake failed to appear on his scheduled deposition date of Jan. 27 and is now being ordered to appear for a deposition on Feb. 24 via Zoom video. If he fails to appear again, he may be held in contempt.
However, prosecutors claim that the shooting in which XXXTentacion lost his life was a robbery that got out of control and that there is no evidence linking Drake to the incident.
The prosecutors say it was a robbery gone wrong. The three defendants are accused of wanting to rob the Riva Motorsports store on June 18, 2018, and that when the young rapper left the store in his BMW, between the three of them they cut him off with the intention of robbing him.
The trio took $50,000 that the rapper had in a bag before Boatwright shot him multiple times "without any provocation," he said.
Michael Boatwright (28), Dedrick Williams (26), and Trayvon Newsome (24) have been charged with first-degree murder and armed robbery. If convicted, they face up to life in prison. A fourth man arrested in connection to the murder, Robert Allen, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder last summer and is cooperating with the state.