XXXTentacion Murder Suspect to Undergo Mental Capacity Evaluation
The man believed to have been the shooter in the death of XXXTentacion is being required to undergo a mental capacity evaluation, court documents show.
Michael Boatwright, 22, is currently in custody facing first-degree murder charges in connection to X's death. Court documents filed Monday (July 30) appointed experts to meet with Boatwright to determine whether he has the mental capacity to comprehend the charges weighed against him, and the severity of the punishment should he be found guilty.
The order is to ensure that Boatwright is given a fair trial and to ascertain whether he can aid in his own defense in the case. If he's found incompetent, he'll be hospitalized, and a doctor will recommend treatment for his "mental illness or mental retardation."
Boatwright was arrested in July on unrelated drug charges, and was served a warrant for the murder charges while in Broward County Jail on July 11. He was the second out of three suspects to be arrested, and as previously mentioned, is believed to be the one who actually pulled the trigger, ending X's life. Dedrick Williams and Robert Allen, both 22, were also arrested in connection to the crime. Allen had been on the run for several months before being discovered at his sister's house in rural Georgia. He was arrested and extradited to Florida to face the charges.
The most recent update in the case was reported on Tuesday (July 31) that Boatwright's public defender had withdrawn himself from representation, and Allen's lawyer was in the process of doing the same. Though seemingly a dramatic development, it's likely a formality that the Florida Public Defender's Office cannot represent three suspects in the same case.
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