YNW Melly‘s double murder retrial has been given a new start date, following a brief delay and last month’s mistrial.
As reported by court reporter Bryson “Boom” Paul, As reported by court correspondent Bryson “Boom” Paul, YNW Melly’s attorney Stuart Adelstein’s request was granted by Judge John J. Murphy III on Friday (August 4). The new trial date, initially set for October 2, has been rescheduled to October 9.
“@YNWMelly’s [lawyer] Stuart Adelstein requests to move the trial start date from October 2 to October 9,” Paul wrote on Twitter. “He reassures it is within the 90 days speedy trial period. Judge Murphy III allows. The new trial date is October 9.”
Cathy Russon from Law&Crime also reported that Adelstein requested a one-week trial delay due to him going on vacation.
There was no discussion of bond during the hearing on Friday. However, Melly (Jamell Maurice Demons) was seen leaving the courtroom in an orange jumpsuit and shackles. He was seen smiling and silently mouthing the words, “I’m coming home,” to his family in the gallery.
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.”
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].”