On Thursday, a grand jury indicted four suspects in the murder of Florida-bred superstar, XXXTentacion, after investigators put the pressure on one suspect to dime out his homies.
In legal documents obtained by The Blast, officials detailed the fatal incident that left XXXTentacion dead, in addition to the steps it took to identify and indict the suspects involved.
On June 18, 2018, as the Parkland rapper left RIVA Motorsports in Deerfield Beach, Florida, a dark SUV, driven by Dedrick Williams, pulled up and blocked X in the parking lot. That’s when two men jumped out the car, demanded X’s belongings, shot him and robbed him of his small Louis Vuitton bag, and then fled the scene.
Two days later, officials used surveillance footage and social media posts to track down Williams, who was the first to be arrested in connection to the fatal shooting.
In his initial interview, Williams denied his involvement and claimed he wasn’t even on the scene at the time of the shooting. Later, he changed his story to say he was there, but only with his daughter and a friend of his. However, when officials revealed that he was caught on camera, Williams admitted that he was lying.
He then explained that he was home watching his kids when a few friends came over. That’s when he brought his kids to a neighbors house and proceeded to the dealer with the other suspects. However, he said he had no idea what the other men had planned to do. In fact, he said the incident left him so shaken up that he could not sleep.
As he continued with the interview, he grew concerned about the consequences of his actions, saying he didn’t want to be labeled a snitch when he went to prison. But, by then officials had found guns in his car and his home, bullets that matched the brand of casings recovered from the scene, and new clothes with a $800 receipt. Officials also spoke to Williams’ girlfriend, who revealed that Williams confided in her about the incident, and identified Michael Boatwright and Trayvon Newsome as the other two men.
From there, officials were able to link a hit and run incident that occurred three hours after the shooting to the suspects involved. In that incident, Newsome was identified as the driver, and the car traced back to Tony Robinson, a woman who called herself Williams’ sister. When Robinson rented the car, according to the owner, she was with Boatwright and another man named “Big Rob,” who has been identified as Robert Allen, the fourth suspect indicted in the murder.
After cops found DNA evidence to match Boatwright’s fingerprints in the get away car, he was arrested and interviewed. However, he immediately claimed he was never at the dealer or inside the getaway car. Upon further investigation, officials found similar items in Boatwright’s home and matched his cell phone records to Williams’. He is believed to be one of the two gunmen in the incident.
Both Newsome and Allen are still on the run.