FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Testimony in the murder trial of three men accused of killing South Florida rapper XXXTentacion continued at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday.
Detectives arrested Trayvon Newsome, 24, Dedrick Williams, 26, Robert Allen, 26, and Michael Boatwright, 28, for the murder, but only Allen pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and is a witness in the case. The others are going to trial.
Detectives say the group ambushed and robbed the rapper, whose real name is Jahseh Onfroy, shortly before 4 p.m., on June 18, 2018, outside of RIVA Motorsports in Deerfield Beach.
On Wednesday, Tenell Carter, Williams’ ex-girlfriend testified for the prosecution.
She affirmed that Williams told her he was present for the robbery and murder.
The state also brought in Tony Robinson, the woman who helped the men rent the car allegedly used in the commission of the crime.
“I received a call from Chucky…saying that Big Rob (Allen) wanted to rent a car but because Chucky, Dedrick Williams, wasn’t going to be present, I asked him to have Big Rob call me directly,” she testified.
After the robbery and murder, the rental car was involved in a crash while three of the men were still inside; prosecutors insinuated they used the stolen cash to help pay for the damage.
On Tuesday, prosecutors got another chance to question Allen, their star witness.
Defense attorneys tried to portray Allen as an unreliable, untrustworthy witness.
Scott Barbieux, who saw the moment XXXTentacion was killed, also testified.
“When I heard the shots for a couple seconds I was behind the car,” Barbieux said. “Then, when I turn around, that’s when they jumped in the car and (squeal noise) they drove away*.”