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There’s Been Another Arrest in the Murder of Rapper XXXTentacion


Michael Boatwright mugshot

A second man has been arrested in connection with the murder of XXXTentacion in Florida in June. XXXTentacion, whose real name was Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, was shot and killed at the age of 20 while he was sitting in his car.

Police announced Wednesday that they have arrested 22-year-old Michael Boatwright. According to the Associated Press, Boatwright faces first-degree murder charges in the killing. He was arrested last week on an unrelated drug charge.

Previously, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of 22-year-old Dedrick Williams. They said two armed suspects approached the victim and at least one of the them shot the rapper before fleeing the scene. Police have said they believe this was a random robbery. The rapper had just taken out cash and was outside the Riva Motorsports motorcycle dealership, possibly considering a purchase, when he was shot.

Williams also faces a first-degree murder charge, but intends to plead not guilty. It’s not immediately clear how Boatwright plans to proceed.

The 20-year-old Onfroy was named on XXL‘s 2017 “Freshmen” class of up-and-coming rappers. The rapper was also followed by legal problems, charged with attacking his ex-girlfriend in 2016 . He also spent almost six months in prison after pleading no contest to robbery and home invasion charges for an alleged incident from November 2015.

Ronn Blitzer contributed to this report.

[Image via Broward County Sheriff’s Office]

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Matt Naham is the Senior A.M. Editor of Law&Crime.