Jury choice has begun within the trial of three males accused of fatally capturing Florida rapper XXXTentacion in 2018 after robbing him of a Louis Vuitton bag full of $50,000 in money.
The rhymer, whose actual title is Jahsey Onfroy, had simply emerged from a bike dealership in Deerfield Seashore and climbed into the motive force’s seat of a BMW with a buddy when an SUV pulled up and blocked their path.
Surveillance video of the ambush reveals two hooded males leaping out of the automobile and speeding to confront Onfroy, who was 20 on the time.
The rapper’s buddy jumps out of the automotive in the course of the stickup earlier than the assailants seize the money-stuffed satchel, blast Onfroy a number of occasions within the neck and velocity off.
Taking pictures suspect Michael Boatwright, 28, and his accused accomplices, Dedrick Williams, 26, and Trayvon Newsome, 24, may all get life if convicted.
Florida rapper XXXTentacion was shot lifeless in 2018.MediaPunch / BACKGRID
Prosecutors assert that Boatwright and Newsome had been the 2 males seen on the video leaping out of the SUV, with the previous firing the photographs that killed the rapper.
Two males jumped out of an SUV that blocked the rapper’s path.
A fourth suspect within the case, Robert Allen, 26. pleaded responsible to second-degree homicide final yr and is anticipated to testify in opposition to his accomplices at trial.
XXXTentacion was shot a number of occasions within the neck.AP
Protection attorneys are anticipated to argue that Onfroy has an extended checklist of different nemeses with a motivation to rob the favored artist and that their shoppers are harmless of the raps in opposition to them.
However prosecutors counter that surveillance cameras caught two of the suspects parking the SUV outdoors the dealership after Onfroy and his buddy entered and later adopted the boys inside the shop.
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That video reveals Onfroy briefly trying on the two males as they walked by him simply minutes earlier than his slaying.
XXXTentacion, whose morose lyrics about alienation and despair attracted a loyal cult following, was born in Plantation, Florida and raised in Fort Lauderdale.
He famously feuded with the likes of Drake and the Migos, and was thought-about probably the most controversial rap artists of his period.
The trial, happening in Fort Lauderdale, is anticipated to proceed by March.