Drake doesn’t have to give a statement in the murder trial of XXXTentacion.
A judge in Broward County, Florida, ruled on Friday (Feb. 24), according to NBC Miami, that Drake doesn’t have to show up for a deposition in the XXXTentacion trial. The judge said that there is no proof that the rap superstar had anything to do with X’s death.
Drake was one of many famous rap artists who could have been witnesses to the shooting death of XXXTentacion on June 18, 2018. The lawyer for suspect Dedrick Williams, Mauricio Padilla, said that Drizzy was somehow involved in the murder because he and the South Florida rapper had a fight before he died.
Broward County court records made public earlier this month showed that Drake was supposed to give a virtual deposition on Friday. However, defense lawyers said that he had refused to be served with a subpoena. Padilla did file a motion explaining the problems he had trying to serve Drake with a subpoena, like how Drizzy’s security kicked the subpoena down the driveway when it was brought to the rapper’s door.
In a video from inside the courtroom, it looks like Judge Usan says no to Padilla’s request to have Drake testify in the case.
“What does that have to do with someone whose involvement you can’t prove beyond rumors and suppositions?” Usan asked Padilla as he tried to explain his side of the story. “You’re now trying to drag in a famous person who doesn’t want anything to do with this. And the harm to that person is not a small thing.”
NEW: Judge in #XXXTentacion trial rules in favor of @Drake and he will not have to sit for a deposition.
Judge: ” …no evidence of (Drake) being involved other than hearsay and innuendo. You are now trying to just drag somebody in who’s a celebrity…” pic.twitter.com/7pwXHaHcdN
— Cathy Russon (@cathyrusson) February 24, 2023
On Saturday (Feb. 25), Drake’s lawyer, Bradford Cohen, posted a screenshot of a Rolling Stone article that said Drake would not be deposed in XXXTentacion’s trial, which seemed to back up what the article said.
Dedrick Williams, Michael Boatwright, and Trayvon Newsome are all being tried for killing XXXTentacion right now. All of them could get life sentences if they are found guilty. Robert Allen, who was also a suspect, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and testified against the other three.