YNW Melly, the 24-year-old rapper, also known as Jamell Demons, is trying to get out of jail while he waits for his new trial in a case where he’s accused of two murders. There’s a special hearing, called an Arthur hearing, happening soon, and it’s super important. If the judge says yes, Melly might get to leave jail and wait for his trial at home.
So, What’s an Arthur Hearing?
An Arthur hearing is like a special court meeting. It’s where people in jail can talk to a judge and try to explain why they should be allowed to go home while they wait for their trial. If the judge agrees, they can pay some money (called bail) and go home.
Melly’s lawyers asked for this hearing because, when he was first arrested, they said he couldn’t go home until the trial was over. But now they want to change that.
Why It’s a Big Deal
Melly has been in jail since he turned himself in to the police in February 2019. He’s facing serious charges for two murders.
The Argument from Melly’s Side
Melly’s lawyers have some good points. They say that his friend, who’s also charged with the same things, was allowed to leave jail. They also say that even though Melly is charged with serious crimes, the judge can still decide to let him go home until the trial.
The Sad Incident
The charges against Melly are about something really sad that happened in October 2018. He’s accused of shooting and killing two of his friends, Christopher and Anthony. All three of them were part of a music group called YNW.
The shooting took place when they were riding in a car after a music recording session. Prosecutors say Melly shot his friends and made it look like someone else did it.
A Second Chance at Trial
Melly’s first trial ended without a clear decision because the jury couldn’t agree. Now, they’re going to have a new trial starting on October 9, where they’ll pick a new jury.
In the first trial, the people arguing against Melly said it was because of a gang thing, but his lawyers said that didn’t make sense because they were all good friends. They even said that Melly was at home when the shootings happened.
Melly keeps saying he’s not guilty, and if he’s found guilty, he might be sentenced to death.
As we wait to see what happens at the Arthur hearing and the new trial, this case remains a big and important story that will continue to unfold. Stay tuned for more updates.