The YNW Melly double murder trial has taken a fascinating turn, as it has now been announced that it ended in a mistrial.
At 2:12 p.m. ET on Saturday (June 22), the mistrial was declared, and Law & Crime was present to announce the surprising decision made by Judge John Murphy.
As per the outlet’s report, the jury deliberated until 5:00 p.m. ET on Friday (June 21) before breaking for the evening. They resumed their deliberations on Saturday (June 22) at 8:52 a.m. ET.
Despite the continuous deliberation, the jury was unable to reach a majority verdict.
A deadlocked jury means they couldn’t agree on a verdict, which, in this case, would be with eight or more jurors agreeing on the judgment, despite their best efforts.
Based on information from Cornell University School of Law, judges will do their best to prevent a deadlocked jury and may even give a “dynamite charge” to push the jury to reach a verdict. There’s no specific time limit for jury deliberations in any state, but if all efforts to reach a decision fail, a mistrial will eventually be declared.
It’s worth noting that due to the mistrial, there is a possibility that YNW Melly may face a retrial in the future.
As per the Fully Informed Jury Association, when a mistrial occurs, like in YNW Melly’s case, the defendant is neither acquitted nor convicted. Instead, the trial “never happened” in the eyes of the law. Therefore, Fifth Amendment protections which include the double jeopardy clause that prevents defendants from being retried for the same crime, do not apply.
“If a mistrial occurs due to a hung jury, the prosecutor may decide to retry the case. A judge may decide to disallow this in some cases, but the prosecutor is usually allowed to proceed,” per the Fully Informed Jury Association.
There is a possibility that YNW Melly could be released. However, it remains uncertain if his attorney has filed such a motion to the court at this time.
Keep an eye on HipHopX for more updates on this developing story.