One of the men accused of playing a role in the murder of XXXTentacion will be allowed to hire an expert in crime scenes to aid in his legal defense.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, a Florida judge signed off on Dedrick Williams’ request seeking money to hire his own forensic expert for his defense.
The order states Williams will be allowed to spend $15,000 on a local Florida forensic consultant, which will buy him with 100 hours of work on his case. The expert can testify at trial.
Earlier this month, Williams filed court docs asking the judge to approve him hiring a crime scene/forensic expert to prepare his defense, and explained he had no income or money to hire the expert by himself.
Williams said a “genuine issue exists related to this case, which will require the assistance of an expert witness in the field of crime scene reconstruction and other forensic evidentiary matters.”
His lawyer argued that without the expert, his client would not have a fair shot during the trial.
As The Blast first reported, Williams requested $10,000 in August 2018 to hire a private investigator. That request was granted and he was an awarded another $20,000 so Williams could hire an electronic evidence expert to go over the cell tower analysis and computer and cell phone forensics.
In November, Williams asked for another $10,000 for a gang expert. That request was granted as well.
XXXTentacion was shot and killed last year in Deerfield Beach, Florida.