By NAN Staff Writer
News Americas, MIAMI, Fl, Mon. June 25, 2018: The 22-year-old alleged killer of Caribbean American rapper XXXTentacion is scheduled to be back in court today,Monday, June 25, 2018.
Dedrick Williams, who is facing first-degree murder charge, will be back in court today to face a probation violation charge even as the Broward County Sheriff’s Department say they are still looking for more suspects in the killing of the rapper, whose real name is Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy.
Onfroy, 20, was born in Plantation and raised in Lauderhill, Florida. He was shot and killed in his BMW while leaving RIVA Motorsports in Deerfield Beach shortly before 4 p.m. on Monday, June 18, 2018 after reportedly being approached by two armed suspects in an apparent robbery.
At least one of the suspects fired a gun striking Onfroy. Both of the suspects fled in a dark-color SUV. The rapper was transported to Broward Health North where he was pronounced dead.
Williams’ rap sheet shows he currently has 11 felonies and was previously arrested for probation violation, drug and weapons possession, domestic violence, aggravated assault with a firearm and grand theft auto. Broward Sheriff’s office said he also did not have a valid Florida driver’s license.
He was arrested during a traffic stop in Pompano. The arrest warrant accused Williams of killing the rapper “from a premeditated design.”
Williams, a tattoo artist, appeared in court last Thursday afternoon, June 21, 2018, where a judge ordered him held without bond.
Onfroy was born to Jamaican parents Dwayne Ricardo Onfroy and Cleopatra Bernard. He has three siblings with one being half shared paternally. Onfroy was mainly raised by his grandmother, Collette Jones in Pompano Beach, Florida and Lauderhill, Florida.
The young rapper rose to fame while posting raps online from his bedroom on the audio distribution platform SoundCloud in June 2013. Onfroy released his debut album, 17, on August 25, 2017. This March, he released his second album. His singles “Sad!” and “Changes” recently peaked at 7 and 37, respectively the Billboard Hot 100.
His interest in music initially started after his aunt persuaded him to begin attending school choir and later church choir. In 2013 he launched his musical career, inspired by both rock and rap.
XXXTenatcion has, however, made headlines not only for his music successes but also for a string of legal problems stemming from a 2016 domestic violence arrest.
The rapper, accused of beating his pregnant girlfriend, was slapped with 15 new felony charges in December, including witness tampering and witness harassment.
Prosecutors reportedly believe the rapper – by way of recorded calls he made in jail – attempted to coerce his girlfriend into dropping her case against him.
He served a brief stint in jail in December before he was released on house arrest. A judge in March granted his request to be freed from house arrest in order to take his music on tour.
The rapper’s music also made waves last month after Spotify announced it would scrub his tracks from its platform, as his alleged behavior had violated codes of conduct.
The move drew backlash, and Spotify later reversed its decision.
XXXTentacion’s mother has hinted the slain rapper had a baby on the way before he was killed.