YNW Melly‘s legal challenges are worsening as he now faces an additional six charges in his witness tampering case.
As reported by NBC 6 South Florida, Melly, his co-defendant YNW Bortlen, and a third person named Terrence Mathis, have been accused of directing the activities of a criminal gang and unlawfully using a two-way communication device. Additionally, they are facing charges of solicitation and conspiracy to commit tampering.
These new charges come on top of the original count of tampering with a witness in a capital felony that Melly (real name Jamell Demons) and Bortlen (real name Cortlen Henry) were charged with earlier this month. These charges are related to the 2018 murders of YNW Juvy and YNW Sakchaser.
Mathis, currently an inmate at Broward County Jail, is accused of helping Melly in contacting Bortlen, who was out on bond at the time of the alleged tampering.
The state alleges that Bortlen and Mathis assisted Melly in his efforts to convince his ex-girlfriend, Mariah Hamilton, and her mother, Felicia Holmes, not to testify in his first double murder trial.
An affidavit revealed that between March and August 2023, Bortlen and Mathis had 60 different phone calls during which they used code language, such as Rihanna, to hide their intentions.
Throughout much of 2023, Melly’s phone privileges had reportedly been restricted while he is under 23/1 lockdown inside Broward County Jail.
YNW Melly’s first double murder trial concluded in a mistrial in July when the jury, after three days of deliberation, could not reach a unanimous verdict.
His retrial is set to begin soon, and the process of selecting a jury is starting this week.
The 24-year-old is accused of plotting with YNW Bortlen in October 2018 to kill their two friends, YNW Juvy (Christopher Thomas Jr.) and YNW Sakchaser (Anthony Williams), and make it look like a drive-by shooting.