1 of 4 suspects in XXXTentacion’s murder accepts plea deal to testify

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A Broward County murder suspect accepted a deal to testify against his three co-defendants in the 2018 murder of Jahseh Onfroy, better known as 20-year-old rapper XXXTentacion.

Robert Allen pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and robbery with a firearm on Friday — instead of first-degree murder. In exchange for the lesser charge, prosecutors count on Allen as a witness in the cases of Michael Boatwright, Dedrick Williams, and Trayvon Newsome.

Detectives reported Allen, Boatwright, Williams, and Newsome ambushed and robbed the rapper shortly before 4 p.m., on June 18, 2018, outside of RIVA Motorsports. Deputies accused Boatwright of fatally shooting Onfroy.

Deputies identified Allen as one of the suspects who followed the rapper as he was browsing inside RIVA Motorsports before the murder in Pompano Beach. Prosecutors have surveillance video.

Court records show prosecutors filed charges of first-degree murder and robbery with a deadly firearm against Allen on July 19, 2018, and a judge issued a warrant for his arrest. Allen was arrested on July 26, 2018.

Deputies arrested Williams on June 20, 2018; Boatwright on marijuana possession and probation-violation charges on July 5, 2018; and Newsome on Aug. 7, 2018.

Williams, Newsome, and Boatwright are facing charges of first-degree murder and robbery with a firearm.

Alfred Duncan

Alfred Duncan is a senior editor at The South Florida Daily, where he oversees our coverage of politics, misinformation, health and economics. Alfred is a former reporter and editor for BuzzFeed News, National Geographic and USA Today.

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