XXXTENTACION Trial: Drake's Armed Guards Accused Of Blocking Subpoena

According to a codefendant's attorney, the Canadian artist's team actively sought to ignore or dismiss the court order.

BYGabriel Bras Nevares
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The defense team in XXXTENTACION's murder trial accused Drake and his camp of blocking a subpoena. Moreover, codefendant Dedrick Williams' lawyer, Mauricio Padilla, filed a motion in Broward accusing Drizzy's guards of dismissing the court order. According to the Miami Herald, the Friday (February 17) motion also includes a request for the rapper to attend a deposition to detail his involvement in X's death. While many in the court seem to dismiss his supposed involvement, the defense team is adamant about needing his testimony. However, Broward Judge Michael Usan nulled an order on Tuesday (February 14) that would've called Drake for a virtual deposition on February 24.

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Furthermore, the "Nice For What" artist faced contempt in court if the order remained and he didn't show. Still, Padilla retained the ability to subpoena Drake after Judge Usan's order. As such, he issued yet another motion asking authorities to require a deposition from the rapper. Also, he wants him held in contempt of court if he misses it. Even though a lack of evidence suggests otherwise, the attorney maintained that Drake had a hand in X's death.

“The court explained the importance of balancing the rights of the defendants to investigate this first degree murder case properly with Aubrey Drake Graham’s privacy issues,” the motion read. “It was clear by the court’s ruling that he expected for the parties to work together and that despite entering the order vacating, that he expected the deposition to take place.” In addition, Padilla stated that Drake's attorney, Bradford Cohen, refused to accept a subpoena for him to testify. Moreover, he claimed that armed guards at Drake's California home prevented a servicer from handing the order.

Meanwhile, Cohen stated that Padilla exhibited a "lack of foundation" in his efforts. Furthermore, Law & Crime footage from Monday court proceedings (February 13) illuminates the process. For example, he explained that Padilla sent Drake an unsealed Zoom link and didn't detail its conduction. Therefore, Cohen labeled the subpoena as "procedurally defective." Whether Judge Usan accepts Padilla's new motion on Tuesday (February 21) remains unknown. Regardless, come back to HNHH for the latest updates on Drake in the XXXTENTACION murder trial.


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Gabriel Bras Nevares is a music and pop culture news writer for HotNewHipHop. He started in 2022 as a weekend writer and, since joining the team full-time, has developed a strong knowledge in hip-hop news and releases. Whether it’s regular coverage or occasional interviews and album reviews, he continues to search for the most relevant news for his audience and find the best new releases in the genre. What excites him the most is finding pop culture stories of interest, as well as a deeper passion for the art form of hip-hop and its contemporary output. Specifically, Gabriel enjoys the fringes of rap music: the experimental, boundary-pushing, and raw alternatives to the mainstream sound. As a proud native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, he also stays up-to-date with the archipelago’s local scene and its biggest musical exponents in reggaetón, salsa, indie, and beyond. Before working at HotNewHipHop, Gabriel produced multiple short documentaries, artist interviews, venue spotlights, and audio podcasts on a variety of genres and musical figures. Hardcore punk and Go-go music defined much of his coverage during his time at the George Washington University in D.C. His favorite hip-hop artists working today are Tyler, The Creator, Boldy James, JPEGMAFIA, and Earl Sweatshirt.