YNW Melly, the rapper facing retrial in a double murder case, has once again been denied bond. A judge, making this decision on Friday, September 22, has ruled that Melly, whose real name is Jamell Demons, will remain in jail until his retrial concludes, according to NBC 6 South Florida.
The judge’s order stated, “After careful consideration, this Court finds that the State has met its burden of demonstrating that the proof of guilt is evident and the presumption of guilt is great.” This means that the judge believes there is strong evidence indicating Melly’s guilt.
You can watch a live stream of Melly’s bond hearing below.
During the hearing, Leondra Phillips, the mother of YNW Juvy, one of the alleged murder victims, spoke via Zoom. She expressed her concerns about her safety if Melly were to be granted bond, saying, “I don’t think he should receive a bond. He’s innocent until proven guilty, but he has money, and I don’t want anything to happen to me and my family. No bond, please.”
So, YNW Melly remains behind bars as he awaits his retrial in this high-profile case.
Melly’s retrial is on the horizon, scheduled to kick off on October 9. This follows an earlier trial in July where the jury could not reach a unanimous decision.
The 24-year-old rapper is facing some serious allegations, accused of being involved in the murder of his friends, YNW Sakchaser (real name Anthony Williams), and YNW Juvy (real name Christopher Thomas Jr.), back in October 2018. Authorities claim that he even went to the extent of manipulating the crime scene to make it appear like a drive-by shooting.
Remarkably, this first-degree murder case has been navigating the legal system for over four and a half years, with Melly’s initial arrest dating back to February 2019. The July trial ended in a mistrial, despite three days of intense deliberation, leaving Judge John Murphy III with a difficult decision on his hands.