YNW Melly isn’t done with his court troubles just yet. He’s facing another trial with a jury of his peers for the double murder charges against him.
Following a mistrial last week, YNW Melly’s second trial is scheduled to begin on October 2, as reported by the Miami Herald. While the prosecution and defense have both agreed to this start date, they haven’t reached an agreement on all aspects of the case.
Prosecutor Kristine Bradley, representing the state of Florida, has made a request for YNW Melly to be tried alongside his alleged co-conspirator, YNW Bortlen (real name Cortland Henry). Both are scheduled to face a jury of their peers on October 2. However, before the trial begins, there will be a status conference between the prosecution (who will be representing the state of Florida) and the defense in September.
YNW Melly’s defense team objected to the request of trying him alongside his alleged co-conspirator, YNW Bortlen, due to a crucial difference in their charges. Melly is facing the death penalty, whereas Bortlen is not.
During the hearing on Friday (July 28), Judge John Murphy, who has been overseeing the trial from the beginning, did not rule on the matter.
The first-degree murder charges against YNW Melly have undergone a lengthy legal process that spanned four and a half years. The rapper was arrested in 2019 for his alleged involvement in the shooting deaths of fellow YNW members, Christopher Thomas Jr. (YNW Juvy), and Anthony Williams (YNW Sakchaser) in October 2018. The complex and serious nature of the charges likely contributed to the extended duration of the legal proceedings.
The state’s accusation against YNW Melly includes charges of gunning down the two men, followed by an alleged attempt to stage a drive-by shooting to make it appear as if the incident was a random attack.
“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,” ssistant State Attorney Kristine Bradley claimed.
Melly’s defense team presented an argument asserting that their client was at home and asleep at the time of the murder, claiming that he was not involved in the incident. Instead, they pointed to YNW Bortlen as the alleged perpetrator of the crime.
If YNW Melly is found guilty of the double murder charges, he could potentially face the death penalty.