FORT LAUDERDALE — Jurors on Wednesday for the 1st time witnessed the gripping surveillance video clip that captured the murder of community rap star XXXTentacion, who was shot and killed outside a Broward County bike store.
Prosecutors showed the silent, graphic video that was filmed by surveillance cameras on June 18, 2018, that documented the closing minutes of the lifestyle of XXXTentacion, whose true identify was Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy.
The 20-year-previous artist was gunned down all through a robbery exterior RIVA Motorsports though he sat in his i8 BMW, waiting to push out of the business’ driveway.
In accordance to testimony, Onfroy was carrying $50,000 in cash in a Louis Vuitton satchel, money he attained from a Coconut Creek financial institution. He experienced intended to use the money to buy a motorcycle from the shop, prosecutors stated.
Michael Boatwright, 27, Dedrick Williams, 26, and Trayvon Newsome, 24, are just about every going through charges of first-diploma murder and theft with a firearm. They are all standing demo alongside one another just after Judge Michael Usan turned down a request to attempt them independently.
If convicted, every single of the guys could be sentenced to lifestyle in prison.
Robert Allen, 26, pleaded responsible in August 2022 to 2nd-diploma murder and he expended most of the working day on the stand telling jurors what transpired in the times before, throughout and just after XXXTentacion was shot and killed.
Through opening statements, defense lawyers informed the jury that they would problem Allen’s account, with 1 law firm indicating basically that he had lied in purchase to spare himself a everyday living sentence in jail.
Allen, wearing a tan jail jumpsuit and testifying for the prosecution, experienced to be reminded numerous times by point out lawyer Pascale Achille and defense lawyers to speak up as he recounted what took place the working day Onfroy died.
Allen told jurors that the 4 adult men agreed on June 17, 2018, to hire a vehicle in order to travel all over and rob unsuspecting victims.
“We had masks to rob people,” Allen stated, including that all four would have guns in get to carry out their alleged criminal offense spree.
Allen explained the plan to rent the auto came from Williams, who Achille stated was the getaway driver. Allen also mentioned all of the adult men experienced experience masks except for Williams, which is why the group ended up at the store.
While there, they just occurred to run across XXXTentacion.
“Deidrick reported it can be XXX,” Allen explained whilst he and Williams were in the retail store. At that issue, they commenced speaking with two some others exterior and hatched a program to rob Onfroy while “lying in wait” for the rapper to go away the store after all four experienced returned to their motor vehicle, Achille reported.
The movie captured a Dodge SUV blocking the rapper’s BMW in the driveway as two gentlemen, just one of them armed with a lengthy-barrel rifle, went to his vehicle to need his jewelry and acquire his designer bag.
The video clip also showed a entrance-seat passenger, recognized as a spouse and children relative, who ran from the vehicle as the armed heist happened.
“I could not see or listen to what XXX was expressing,” Allen claimed, accusing Boatwright of firing up to three photographs that killed the rapper.
Allen stated he did not get out of the auto mainly because he had been captured on a surveillance digicam inside of the shop and understood that it would be utilised to hook up him to the criminal offense.
“I realized there was a superior chance I would get caught,” he testified. “I did not want to get arrested.”
Right away immediately after the shooting, the 4 reported they uncovered that Onfroy had died while listening to the radio. The four ended up crashing the rented Dodge SUV when they rear-finished a stopped automobile just a handful of minutes just after the killing, Allen reported.
They all abandoned the auto and ran from the scene but would reunite afterwards just after Newsome returned to the scene to get the car or truck.
For the duration of his testimony, Allen testified that every of the adult males been given $15,000 of the stolen revenue but he only acquired $5,000 due to the fact he stayed in the auto throughout the theft.
The income he claimed, “seemed like it came from a bank,” Allen claimed.