Defense attorneys representing three men accused of murdering XXXTentacion have suggested that Drake might be linked to the 2018 killing, on the opening day of the trial.
XXXTentacion, whose real name is Jahseh Onfroy, was shot and killed on June 18, 2018 aged 20, after he was ambushed during an apparent robbery as he was leaving a motor sports store in Deerfield.
Michael Boatwright, 28, is accused of being the shooter, while his friend, Trayon Newsome, 24, is accused of being the other gunman. Dedrick Williams, 26, is accused of being the driver. They could all receive life sentences if convicted of first-degree murder.
A fourth man who prosecutors say was in the SUV, 26-year-old Robert Allen, pleaded guilty last year to second-degree murder and is set to testify against his former friends at the trial at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
The New York Post reports the defendants’ defense team have argued investigators did not investigate XXXTentacion’s feud with Drake, which boiled over when the Sad! hitmaker wrote on social media in March 2018: ‘If anyone tries to kill me, it was @champagnepapi. I’m snitching right now’
He would later retract that statement and claim his account had been hacked.
Drake’s representative declined to comment when approached by DailyMail.com.