One of the men facing murder charges for the killing of rapper XXXtentacion will soon be without a lawyer after his public defender filed documents to drop him.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, the Law Office of the Public Defender in Robert Allen’s criminal case — where he is facing charges of first-degree murder and robbery with a firearm — is asking to be withdrawn as his representation, citing a conflict of interest.
According to the documents, Allen was declared indigent (meaning he can’t afford a lawyer) and the Public Defender’s office was assigned to represent him.
However, the office says that they already represent one of the other suspects, Dedrick Williams, and have had several discussions with him regarding the XXX case.
The office says that the law is clear when it comes to a conflict of interest representing co-defendants. They believe it ethically precludes them from representing Allen and claims the “interests of Mr. Williams are adverse to the interest of Mr. Allen and this adverse interest should be the subject of effective cross-examination.”
A hearing on the matter is scheduled for August 1.
As The Blast previously reported, Allen was apprehended on July 25 after a task force found him hiding out at his sister’s house in rural Georgia.
Williams, Allen, Michael Boatwright, and Trayvon Newsome have all been charged with first-degree murder and armed robbery with a firearm.
According to the indictment, Boatwright and Newsome were the two suspects who confronted XXXTentacion when he was shot and killed on June 18 in broad daylight.