XXXTENTACION Killer Seeks New Trial, Blasts Judge

Trayvon Newsome claimed that the court made various mistakes as they deliberated the three codefendants' guilt.

BYGabriel Bras Nevares

One of the three men sentenced to life in prison for the murder of XXXTENTACION is seeking a new trial. According to AllHipHop, Trayvon Newsome claimed that the court committed various mistakes during his trial alongside codefendants Michael Boatwright and Dedrick Williams. Moreover, Newsome suggested that evidence did not support the verdict and conviction and its presumed weight was contrary to law. Also, he maintained that the judge acted erroneously by overruling defense objections and sustaining state objections. In addition, the 24-year-old blasted the discrepancy between denying defense motions and granting state motions.

To elaborate, Newsome believes the court was incorrect in denying his team's motions for a mistrial. Not only that, but he claimed the court provided unsatisfactory curative directions to lessen the impact of improper prejudicial evidence give to the jury. His defense team added that the court's decision to deny separating the defendants hurt his chances at a fair trial. This is due to differing strategies and arguments employed by Willams and Boatwright's counsel. Said decision caused the other codefendants' shortcomings in their case to negatively impact Newsome's defense.

XXXTENTACION Murder Convict Calls For New Trial

For example, the former attempted to rope Drake into the trial by suggesting he called out a hit on X. Williams and his defense team cited lyrics from some of the Canadian rapper's songs like "On BS" and "I'm Upset." Furthermore, they alleged that beef started between Drizzy and the Florida rapper after the former used the latter's flow on his 2017 track "KMT." Despite these arguments, the court still found all three suspects guilty of the crime and sentenced them to life in prison.

"After 5 long years you may finally Rest In Peace," X's son's mother wrote on Instagram after the verdict. "Gekyume will never get to meet you earthside but it is my job as a mother to ensure I share those special memories with him. Jah was robbed of his life and Geky was robbed of his father. For this, I will never truly have complete peace but justice being served today helps the healing process. Thank you for the love and support. I am eternally grateful for all of the supporters, your positivity, and prayers have carried these last 5 years." Log back into HNHH for the latest news and updates on this case and on XXXTENTACION.


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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.