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XXXTentacion murder suspect must undergo competency exam, judge rules

Michael Boatwright, current mugshot.
Michael Boatwright, current mugshot.

One of four men indicted in the murder of rapper XXXTentacion must undergo a competency examination in order to determine whether he can stand trial, a judge recently ruled.

Michael Boatwright, 22, faces charges of first-degree murder and armed robbery with a firearm of the 20-year-old whose given name is Jahseh Onfroy.

Also indicted: Dedrick Williams, 22, Robert Allen, 22, and Trayvon Newsome, 20. Boatwright, Williams and Allen are in jail; Broward sheriff’s deputies are still looking for Newsome.

On June 18, the rapper went to Riva Motorsports in Deerfield Beach to look at motorcycles. According to court documents, he showed up with a Louis Vuitton bag with $50,000.

Onfroy was fatally shot inside his car in the parking lot and the bag was stolen. Allen was arrested on July 25; Boatwright on July 10 and Williams was picked up two days later.

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XXXTentacion performs during the second day of the Rolling Loud Festival in downtown Miami on Saturday, May 6, 2017. He was shot and killed on June 18 in the parking lot of Riva Motorsports in Deerfield Beach. MATIAS J. OCNER mocner@miamiherald.com

On July 25, Broward Circuit Judge Michael Usan signed an order “appointing experts to determine competency” in Boatwright’s case.

According to the order, Boatwright must “be examined to determine whether the defendant has sufficient present ability to consult with his/her attorney with a reasonable degree of rational understanding, and whether he/she has a rational as well as factual understanding of the proceedings against him/her.”

It was not clear what sparked the order.

Boatwright was already in jail on felony cocaine possession with intent to sell or deliver, misdemeanor marijuana possession and probation violation charges when he was slapped with the murder charges.

Boatwright was on probation until April 2019 from two 2013 battery and drug charges.

One of the incidents happened while he was a student at Pine Ridge Education Center, a school for students with “severe and continuous behavioral problems.”

Records show he pushed a school security officer and then threatened the school and a sheriff’s deputy. About three weeks later, he was caught selling cocaine to an undercover officer, records show.

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