YNW Melly is facing another trial for the alleged double homicide of his late friends, YNW Juvy and YNW Sakchaser.
As per Pitchfork, the Broward County State Attorney’s Office has officially confirmed that the 24-year-old rapper, YNW Melly, and his legal team will go through a retrial after the jury was unable to come to a unanimous decision the first time around.
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.”
Local criminal defense attorney Joshua Rydell shared his interpretation of the case, stating, “What that means to me as a defense attorney who has tried dozens of jury trials, is there was somebody in that room that was ‘gung-ho’ that this should be an acquittal.”
“That’s what this says to me. There were people that didn’t buy the state’s theory, and were never going to be in a place to even discuss the case.”
The first-degree murder charges against Melly went through a lengthy four and a half-year legal process. He was arrested in 2019 on allegations of shooting and killing his fellow YNW members, Christopher Thomas Jr. (known as YNW Juvy), and Anthony Williams (known as YNW Sakchaser) in October 2018.
The state accused Melly of fatally shooting the two men and then attempting to conceal the crime by staging a drive-by shooting.
“Anthony Williams was shot in the back of the head. That was planned for when he was sleeping so that he couldn’t fight back. That was a premeditated planned killing of Williams, where there would be an alibi already discussed,” Assistant State Attorney Kristine Bradley said.
Melly’s defense team argued that their client was at home and asleep during the time of the murder. Instead, they alleged that another associate, Cortlen “YNW Bortlen” Henry, was the culprit. As of now, YNW Bortlen is still awaiting trial.
Shortly after Melly’s mistrial was declared, YNW Bortlen sent out a cryptic tweet seemingly addressing the case, tweeting: “Mind games dont work on people like me [handshake emoji].”