Drake’s legal team has been successful in trying to avoid having their client take a deposition about the murder of XXXTENTACION.
According to TMZ, Drake’s petition to avoid the deposition has been approved by Judge Michael A. Usan after the court had ordered him to appear in person later this month to answer questions.
Bradford Cohen, Drake’s attorney, contended that the court lacked sufficient information to admit his client, and the judge finally agreed.
Drake was mentioned as a potential alternate possibility to X’s murder by Dedrick Williams’ attorney, Mauricio Padilla, considering their feud before to the Florida rapper’s passing.
Before the trial started last month, Padilla made an attempt to compel Drake to give a deposition, alleging that the Toronto native was duly served but neglected to appear. As a result, Padilla requested a “order to show cause” from the court, which the judge later approved on Thursday (February 9). On February 24, Drake was to appear for a deposition, according to the order.
Days later, Drizzy’s legal representative submitted a motion to dismiss it, claiming that he thinks the prosecution is merely attempting to “add more levels of popularity and renown” to the case.
“It is both unreasonable and oppressive to subpoena an out of state party who has not been mentioned in any reports, any investigation, or referenced to have any involvement in this matter,” Cohen wrote in the filing. “To mandate that he appear for deposition for something that he very clearly has no relevant knowledge of is unreasonable.”
Quavo, Joe Budden, and 6ix9ine are among the high-profile Hip Hop artists Padilla has identified as prospective witnesses in addition to Drake.
Williams is being tried together with co-defendants Michael Boatwright and Trayvon Newsome. The three accused may get a life sentence if found guilty. Authorities think Boatwright was the attacker who eventually shot XXXTENTACION to death.
In an effort to obtain a lesser sentence, a fourth suspect, Robert Allen, pled guilty to second-degree murder charges in August 2022.