YNW Melly double murder trial has finally began in Broward County, Florida and the rapper is currently facing death penalty.
The mother of one of the alleged murder victims of rapper YNW Melly is speaking out.
“My firstborn,” said Leondra Phillips, the mom of Christopher Thomas Jr., who is known as YNW Juvi. “He was everything to us. And today we (are) here for his trial and it’s sad, you know, it’s hurtful.”
Her 19-year-old son was gunned down along with 21-year-old Anthony Williams, also known as YNW Sackchaser. Williams’ mom was too emotional to talk Tuesday.
“We both is taking it hard,” Phillips said. “It’s been a long process it’s almost four years, going on five. I think it’s about time for us to get justice,” she said.
In connection with the murders on October 26, 2018, YNW Melly, whose real name is Jamell Demons, is accused with two first-degree murders.
“He (Demons) came to pick my son up that night and I never seen or heard from my son again,” Phillips said.
Melly’s lawyer is try to shut down testimony form YNW Juvi’s mother. Watch the video below.
When YNW Melly’s trial officially began on June 12, the rapper appeared to be fighting back tears as footage of his claimed victims was played in court.
The two alleged victims of the rapper, YNW Juvy (Christopher Thomas Jr., 19) and YNW Sakchaser (Anthony Williams, 21), were shown in footage being carried away on a stretcher, according to Bryson Paul, who was reporting for Law & Crime.
YNW Melly and other courtroom attendees were moved to tears by the sight of these two deceased guys.
“#YNWMellyTrial: As video footage shows @YNWMelly deceased friends put on stretchers at the hospital, all but one of the women (4) in victims’ families exit the courtroom in tears. Melly even appears to wipe his eye lids,” Paul tweeted.
Furthermore, it is now official that, the State of Florida will seek the death penalty against YNW Melly if he is, indeed, found guilty in the case, as long as the verdict of guilt is unanimous in the case.
Last week, Broward Circuit Judge John Murphy sided with the state prosecutors’ motion to follow a new statute that allows juries to recommend a death sentence with an 8-4 vote.
According to the New Times of Palm Beach, the last death penalty sentence in Broward County was handed down in 2015, when James Berard — the so-called Dunkin’ Donuts killer, and a member of the Bacc Street Crips ordered the murder of 39-year-old Eric Jean-Pierre in an attempt to get his “body count” up for gang initiation purposes.
YNW Melly has a lengthy history of getting into trouble with the law, however he still claims to be innocent.
Stay tuned for more updates on trial.