YNW Melly is aiming to stay out of prison while he prepares for a new trial.
According to NBC Miami, the legal team representing the Florida rapper has submitted a motion, urging for his release during the period leading up to his upcoming trial set for October 9th.
The paperwork says that since Melly’s co-defendant, YNW Borten, has been granted bond, Melly should receive the same treatment.
However, it’s quite unusual for defendants facing murder charges to be granted bond before their trial.
WTVJ reported that the Broward County State Attorney’s office has officially stated their intention to retry the case in July. This decision opens up an opportunity for both parties to enhance and adjust their legal strategies.
On July 22, the double murder trial of Melly (real name Jamell Demons), ended with a deadlocked jury. “Deadlocked jury” means that the jurors were unable to come to a unanimous decision regarding the verdict. In murder cases, a unanimous decision is necessary to either find the defendant guilty or acquit them.
Judge John Murphy asked the jurors twice to continue deliberations after they said they were deadlocked. But even after a third attempt, they still couldn’t reach a different outcome.
In July 2022, a Florida judge took away the possibility of the death penalty for Melly, the rapper who is in prison for a double homicide.
Melly and Bortlen are charged with the murder of Christopher “YNW Juvy” Thomas and Anthony “YNW Sakchaser” Williams. They are accused of trying to make it look like a drive-by shooting. In March 2019, Melly pleaded not guilty to the charges. He talked about his arrest on Instagram that year, but the post has since been deleted.
Prosecutors claim that ballistics tests provide evidence that the victims were shot from within the Jeep. However, defense attorneys counter this by highlighting that no gun was found and argue that Melly lacked an apparent motive for the crime.