YNW Melly: Juror Claims Rapper Was Framed in Double Murder Trial

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A juror from YNW Melly‘s first double murder trial in Florida has recently alleged that the rapper, known for ‘Murder on My Mind,’ was framed.

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported that they interviewed Juror No. 7, whose identity remains undisclosed due to concerns for her safety and privacy. She stated that the lack of consistent evidence against YNW Melly (real name Jamell Demons) led to her voting not guilty.

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“I believe that he didn’t do it and it wasn’t proved in court,” said the Fort Lauderdale resident. “This was a really bad situation of being framed. Melly was a very good person. He always tried to help out people around him.”

Furthermore, Juror No. 7 asserted that a majority of the jury wanted to convict YNW Melly for the double murders. However, they were turned off by the prosecution’s insistence on connecting his actions to “gang activity,” which they felt was racial profiling.

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YNW Melly and most of the jury, including Juror No. 7, are Black, while the prosecutor is white, adding to the claims of racial profiling.

“This was not a matter of fact but a matter of race,” she said. “I wasn’t there, but I believe he was being framed, based on the text messages.”

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It’s unclear if Juror No. 7 is the same juror who supposedly influenced two other jurors to vote Melly not guilty, leading to the 9-3 mistrial.

“From day one, she had issues with the foreperson selected, at one point crossing her arms and saying she was ‘Done!’ When another juror asked to not shut down and set her feelings aside, she exploded,” the anonymous juror claimed in an interview with the outlet.

“She was explosive, manipulative, she was rude, she yelled insults at anyone who had a different opinion…She was there to cause chaos.”

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In early last month, Judge John J. Murphy III granted Melly’s attorney, Stuart Adelstein’s request to postpone the new trial date from October 2 to October 9.

Cathy Russon from Law&Crime reported that Adelstein requested the trial be delayed by a week because he had plans for a vacation.

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Melly, in an orange jumpsuit and shackles, was seen grinning and mouthing the words, “I’m coming home,” to his family in the gallery as he left the courtroom.

YNW Melly is currently facing a retrial for the double murder of his friends YNW Sakchaser (Anthony Williams) and YNW Juvy (Christopher Thomas Jr.), which occurred in October 2018. The retrial is taking place after the jury failed to reach a unanimous verdict in last month’s trial.

After the four-week trial, Judge John J. Murphy III declared a mistrial on Saturday, July 22. Despite three days of deliberation, the jury was unable to reach a verdict in the case. Regarding the inconclusive outcome of the trial, Judge John J. Murphy III stated, “These types of decisions, they’re hard decisions.”