Drake Beef Brought Up In Hearing For XXXTENTACION's Murder Suspects

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The judge didn't think a deposition from Drake is necessary.

June will mark five years since XXXTENTACION's untimely death but this month, the accused killers will finally face trial.

Though jury selection begins on Jan. 18, the attorneys for three of the suspects -- Michael Boatwright, 28, Dedrick Williams, 26, and Trayvon Newsome, 24 -- appeared in court this week for pre-trial hearings. The judge ruled that XXXTENTACION's mother would have to disclose her earnings after her son's death. However, the attorneys also mentioned Drake.

Williams's attorney, Maurico Padilla, tried to persuade the judge to order a deposition of Drake due to his feud with XXXTENTACION. As you recall, XXXTENTACION previously took issue with the Canadian rapper stealing his flow.

During the hearing, Padilla said Drake and his associates, including Akademiks, may have had an issue with the Broward County artist. The judge denied the motion and said that there was no need for a deposition.

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"This is one of the biggest celebrities in the world," Padilla said. "Excluding an order from this court, we all know that I will never be able to take his deposition."

Additionally, the state and the defense agreed no one should be permitted to wear graphic T-shirts during the trial.

The defense suggested that there are other individuals who might have motives, whether financial or personal, to kill XXXTENTACION.

Last month, we reported that Padilla shared a list of potential witnesses for the trial, including Drake and Akademiks. Additionally, the attorney named Quavo, Offset, Joe Budden, and 6ix9ine as potential witnesses. At this point, it's unclear if a judge will order a testimony from the celebrities mentioned.

We will keep you up to speed on any further updates surrounding this case.


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