Jury convicts 3 men of murder in the death of rapper XXXTentacion

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A jury on Monday convicted the three men accused of murdering rapper XXXTentacion in Florida in 2018, after more than a week of deliberations.

The 20-year-old artist, whose real name was Jahseh Onfroy, was shot and killed on June 18, 2018, outside a motorcycle shop in Deerfield Beach, north of Miami.

In the attack, the rapper was in a car leaving Riva Motorsports when an SUV blocked his vehicle and two masked gunmen got out, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office said at the time. One shot the rapper repeatedly, and the assailants grabbed a Louis Vuitton bag from the car with $50,000 inside and escaped in the van, authorities said.

A roadside memorial for XXXTentacion in Deerfield Beach, Florida on June 23, 2018. Hoo-Me.com/MediaPunch via AP file

Dedrick Williams, 26; Trayvon Newsome, 24; and Michael Boatwright, 28, were found guilty of first-degree murder and armed robbery in Broward County court.

The three men are scheduled to return to court on April 6 for a sentencing hearing. First degree murder charges come with a life sentence.

The trio had pleaded not guilty. A fourth person, Robert Allen, 25, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder last year and testified for the prosecution against the other three.

Jury deliberations began on March 8.

Michael Boatwright, right, Dedrick Williams, left, and Trayvon Newsome, during a hearing at the Broward County Courthouse
Michael Boatwright, right, Dedrick Williams, left, and Trayvon Newsome during a hearing at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on January 18.Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP File

Prosecutors said Boatwright was the gunman who opened fire, Newsome was the other gunman and Williams was the driver of the pickup. surveillance video Played back in court showed the attack unfolding in a parking lot, showing the moment two masked gunmen point their guns drawn at the rapper’s car and one appears to shoot through the driver’s side window.

The defense tried to cast doubt on Allen’s testimony, noting that detectives did not investigate XXXTentacion’s dispute with rapper Drake, but prosecutors said there was no evidence linking Drake to the shooting.

Xxxtentacion visits a radio station in 2017.
Xxxtentacion visits a radio station in 2017.MediaPunch via AP

Onfroy rose to stardom in 2017 after uploading the song «Look at Me» on SoundCloud, which rose to number 34 on the Billboard Hot 100. A few months later, he allegedly secured a $6 million record deal with a subsidiary of Capitol Music Group. She garnered a huge fan base for his music that talked about depression and loneliness.

But the young star was not without controversy. He was arrested in 2016 on multiple charges, including aggravated assault of a pregnant womanfalse imprisonment and witness tampering in Miami-Dade County, court records show.

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