Detective testifies at XXXTentacion murder trial

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 Tuesday.

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.

The trial picked up where it left off Friday afternoon.

In court Tuesday, prosecutors played Instagram videos of Williams showing thousands of dollars in cash.

Broward Sheriff’s Office Detective Walter Foster testified that Williams’ attire on the day of the murder helped identify him.

“He was wearing a white or gray tank top and some dark colored pants and some orange slides or slippers,” Foster said.

Foster said detectives were able to trace Williams’ cell phone before and after the crime.

“After the shooting, the phone now starts traveling back south toward Fort Lauderdale,” Foster testified.


Jurors saw more evidence from the crime scene Friday and heard from a man who witnessed the robbery and murder.

“I saw the person over Mr. Onfroy holding the rifle gun whatever it was,” witness Marco Rueta testified. “I saw him struggling, struggling, reaching in, reaching into the car, the other gentleman also reaching reaching and I heard the gunshots.”

Another Broward Sheriff’s Office detective also took the stand, explaining the forensics process to jurors.

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