Drake has been spared from giving testimony in the XXXTentacion murder trial, according to a ruling by Judge Michael A. Usan in Broward County, Florida. The judge cited a lack of evidence linking the Canadian rapper to the killing of the Florida rapper, who died in June 2018. Drake was among a group of rap stars who were listed as potential witnesses for the trial. Suspect Dedrick Williams' lawyer, Mauricio Padilla, had suggested that Drake had played a role in the murder due to a previous feud between the two.
Drake was scheduled to give a virtual deposition on 24 February, but it emerged earlier in the month that he had refused to be served with a subpoena. Padilla claimed that Drake's security had kicked the subpoena away when it was delivered to the rapper's home. In court, Usan appeared to dismiss Padilla's request to have Drake give a deposition in the case. Usan highlighted the lack of evidence linking Drake to the murder and questioned the lawyer's motive in wanting to involve a celebrity who had no connection to the case.
Drake's lawyer, Bradford Cohen, later shared the news that his client would not be giving evidence on Instagram. Cohen posted a screenshot of a Rolling Stone report on the matter. The rapper's absence from the trial leaves the spotlight on the three suspects currently standing trial for XXXTentacion's murder. Dedrick Williams, Michael Boatwright, and Trayvon Newsome are facing life sentences if they are convicted. A fourth suspect, Robert Allen, has already pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and has given evidence against the other three.
The case has attracted widespread attention due to the high-profile nature of the victim and the involvement of rappers like Drake. XXXTentacion, whose real name was Jahseh Onfroy, was known for his controversial lyrics and behavior, which included charges of domestic violence. His death was seen as a tragic loss by many fans and fellow artists, who praised his talents as a musician. The case has highlighted the issue of violence in the hip-hop world and the potential for feuds between artists to escalate into deadly violence.
While Drake's involvement in the case has been ruled out, the trial is likely to continue to attract media attention as it unfolds. The question of whether justice will be served for XXXTentacion's murder remains to be seen. The case also raises broader questions about the nature of celebrity and the role that high-profile individuals play in the legal system. The verdict in the trial will be watched closely by the music industry and the public alike, as it has implications for how violence in the hip-hop world is dealt with in the future.