XXXTENTACION Trial: Drake's Armed Guards Accused Of Blocking Subpoena
The defense team in XXXTENTACION's murder trial accused Drake and his camp of blocking a subpoena. Moreover, codefendant Dedrick Williams' lawyer, Mauricio Padilla, filed a motion in Broward accusing Drizzy's guards of dismissing the court order. According to the Miami Herald, the Friday (February 17) motion also includes a request for the rapper to attend a deposition to detail his involvement in X's death. While many in the court seem to dismiss his supposed involvement, the defense team is adamant about needing his testimony. However, Broward Judge Michael Usan nulled an order on Tuesday (February 14) that would've called Drake for a virtual deposition on February 24.
Furthermore, the "Nice For What" artist faced contempt in court if the order remained and he didn't show. Still, Padilla retained the ability to subpoena Drake after Judge Usan's order. As such, he issued yet another motion asking authorities to require a deposition from the rapper. Also, he wants him held in contempt of court if he misses it. Even though a lack of evidence suggests otherwise, the attorney maintained that Drake had a hand in X's death.
"The court explained the importance of balancing the rights of the defendants to investigate this first degree murder case properly with Aubrey Drake Graham's privacy issues," the motion read. "It was clear by the court's ruling that he expected for the parties to work together and that despite entering the order vacating, that he expected the deposition to take place." In addition, Padilla stated that Drake's attorney, Bradford Cohen, refused to accept a subpoena for him to testify. Moreover, he claimed that armed guards at Drake's California home prevented a servicer from handing the order.
Meanwhile, Cohen stated that Padilla exhibited a "lack of foundation" in his efforts. Furthermore, Law & Crime footage from Monday court proceedings (February 13) illuminates the process. For example, he explained that Padilla sent Drake an unsealed Zoom link and didn't detail its conduction. Therefore, Cohen labeled the subpoena as "procedurally defective." Whether Judge Usan accepts Padilla's new motion on Tuesday (February 21) remains unknown. Regardless, come back to HNHH for the latest updates on Drake in the XXXTENTACION murder trial.