YNW Melly‘s motion for mistrial was denied by the judge on Tuesday.
Broward Circuit Judge John Murphy denied defense attorney David Howard’s (Melly’s attorney) motion after he disagreed with the lawyer’s claim that the prosecution “tainted” the jury after Felicia Holmes, the mother of Melly’s ex-girlfriend, was questioned, according to a report from WPLG Local 10 Miami.
The prosecution and defense teams had problems with Holmes’ testimony. According to the Miami Herald, Howard didn’t want Holmes to testify, which resulted in disagreements with prosecutors and several recesses
Holmes was requested to testify by prosecutor Kristine Bradley regarding to her police statement from 2018, in which she said Melly talked to his ex on that fateful night of 2018, claiming he was the victim of a drive-by shooting that took the lives of his two friends. Howard argued the woman’s statement was inadmissible evidence and motioned for a mistrial.
Another reason for Howard’s pursuit of a mistrial was the difficulty the prosecution had in presenting the case’s evidence. So far, the use of Snapchat memories has been forbidden, Melly’s song “Murder On My Mind” couldn’t be used, and other witnesses have claimed that the prosecution allegedly pressured them into their testimonies.
The court also declared that witness testimony will be paused after a juror was recently admitted to the hospital after suffering from dehydration. Reporter Bryson Paul reported in a tweet that the trial would resume at 1:30 p.m. est.
YNW Melly was arrested and charged with murdering two of his friends, Christopher “YNW Juvy” Thomas Jr. and Anthony “YNW Sakchaser” Williams. If found guilty on two counts of first-degree murder, Melly could face the death penalty.