Published: Sat, June 23, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Suspect Dedrick Williams arrested and charged with XXXTentacion's murder

Suspect Dedrick Williams arrested and charged with XXXTentacion's murder

A 22-year-old man has been charged with the murder of controversial rapper XXXTentacion, after being arrested by Florida police.

Dedrick Devonshay Williams, 22, of Pompano Beach was arrested shortly before 7 p.m. Wednesday, the Broward Sheriff's Office said in a news release sent Thursday morning.

XXXTentacion, 20, was killed in his auto as he left an upscale motor sports dealership on Monday Afternoon.

Police said Williams was also charged with probation violation for theft of a motor vehicle and driving without a valid license. In addition to multiple grand theft charges, his last arrest stemmed from weapons and cocaine possession. He did not face jail time for any of these charges, some of which were dropped.

Judge Mollica ordered Mr Williams to be held without bond.

An attorney for Williams was not listed in jail or court records.

According to the arrest warrant, obtained by The Blast, officials say the murder of 20-year-old X was "premeditated" by Dedrick Williams, and that a struggle took place before he was shot and left to die.

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Police said Dedrick Williams, (age?), of Pompano Beach, was arrested shortly before 7pm on Wednesday. Bogenschutz, the Fort Lauderdale lawyer who represented the rapper in the criminal case, said XXXTentacion was moving to "resolve" the matter at the time of his death.

XXXTentacion was a rising star.

The rapper had a long history of legal problems and was facing more than a dozen felony charges, as well as allegations of domestic violence.

His latest album '?' debuted at the USA and No.3 in the United Kingdom this year with his most popular hits including SAD! and Moonlight receiving rave reviews. He faced charges of aggravated battery of his pregnant girlfriend, domestic battery by strangulation, false imprisonment, and witness tampering.

XXXTentacion was initially one of two artists Spotify removed from its promoted playlists in May in accordance with its new policy on hateful music and conduct.

It's not known if she was referring to her son, but it certainly looks that way.

Although Ayala had accused him, she said she was devastated by his death and lashed out on Twitter on Tuesday: "I'm broken", one of her tweets read.

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