A man of Pompano Beach, Florida was arrested as a suspect in the Monday shooting of Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, better known as rapper XXXTentacion.
Dedrick Williams, 22, was charged with first-degree murder without premeditation as well as driving without a license and violating parole for an earlier crime. He was denied bond in court on Thursday and was booked into Broward Count Main Jail. It is unclear if he has acquired an attorney.
Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) spokeswoman Joy Oglesby told the press that homicide detectives are searching for additional suspects. They won’t be releasing any other details at this time.
According to sheriff’s office, 20-year-old rapper was murdered at around 4 p.m. on Monday afternoon as he sat inside his vehicle outside Riva Motorsports in Deerfield Beach. Two armed men approached and shot him before stealing a large Louis Vuitton bag from the vehicle. The rapper was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The victim’s attorney David Bogenschutz told the press that investigators told him his client had visited a bank shortly before the incident and likely withdrew cash to buy a motorcycle at the motorsports shop.
Investigators won’t say how the defendant became a suspect in the fatal shooting, but he was reportedly spotted driving in Pompano Beach on Wednesday night and was pulled over. He was driving with a suspended license, according to the arrest warrant.
Records show the defendant has been previously charged with several felonies, including domestic violence, possession of cocaine, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and grand theft auto. He was never imprisoned for any of the charges, and some of them were dropped.
XXXTentacion was a rising rap star with a slew of Billboard hits. He notched a No. 1 single last spring and a No. 1 album in March 2018. His career was embroiled in controversy. He was arrested on multiple charges (including home invasion) in 2016, and less than a month later was jailed for allegedly attacking his pregnant girlfriend.
“I don’t think Jahseh ever came to grips with how famous he was,” the victim’s lawyer told the Miami Herald. “If he had security, maybe things would be different. Maybe not.”
The rapper was placed on house arrest late last year and was released earlier this year to allow him to promote his new album. He was facing 15 felonies at the time of his death.
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