YNW Melly’s retrial in the double murder case has been pushed to February 2024, following a request from prosecutors for an extension to prepare. Broward Circuit Court Judge John Murphy granted the state an additional three weeks, rescheduling the opening arguments to Feb. 2024 instead of January.
Trial Postponed To February 2024
YNW Melly’s retrial in the double murder case has been postponed to February 2024 following a request from prosecutors for additional time to prepare.
Broward Circuit Court Judge John Murphy granted the state three extra weeks, causing the trial’s opening arguments to be scheduled for February 5, 2024, instead of the previously rescheduled January date. The Miami Herald reports that the original trial date of Jan. 8 has been pushed back to February 5.
The delay is a result of prosecutors requesting extra time to prepare for the high-profile case. In a filing, prosecutors Alixandra Buckelew, Taylor Collins, and Justin Griffis mentioned recent developments in the case as contributing factors to the need for more time.
Lead Prosecutor Removed
One of the significant developments mentioned by the prosecution was the removal of lead prosecutor Kristine Bradley. Additionally, YNW Melly faces new witness tampering charges, further complicating the legal proceedings.
The delay in the trial’s start has raised anticipation and speculation among fans and followers of the case. YNW Melly, whose real name is Jamell Maurice Demons, has been charged with the 2018 murders of his two friends, Anthony Williams (YNW Sakchaser) and Christopher Thomas Jr. (YNW Juvy).
Updated By: Yasmine Duhé (11/15/23 at 3:00 pm)
YNW Melly Faces 7 New Charges In Witness Tampering Case
YNW Melly is facing seven additional charges in a witness tampering case. The charges come as the jury selection for his double-murder trial, involving the 2018 killings of YNW Juvy and YNW Sakchaser, begins.
More Legal Woes For YNW Melly
As the jury selection for YNW Melly’s double-murder trial commenced on Wednesday, October 18, the rapper, whose real name is Jamell Demons, found himself facing additional legal troubles.
Melly is accused of being involved in the 2018 murders of his fellow YNW crew members, YNW Juvy and YNW Sakchaser. The trial holds significant stakes for the rapper; he could face the death penalty if convicted.
The case has recently experienced a change in prosecution, withAlixandra Buckelewtaking over from former lead prosecutor Kristine Bradley. The switch occurred after allegations surfaced that the lead detective in the case, Mark Moretti, was willing to lie to gather evidence, and Bradley allegedly withheld information on the matter.
Witness Tampering Scheme
Alongside Melly, his co-defendant YNW Bortlen (also known as Cortlen Henry) and inmate Terrence Mathishave been implicated in a witness tampering scheme. The three individuals are facing seven charges that include directing activities of a criminal gang, conspiracy to commit tampering, solicitation to commit tampering, and unlawful use of a two-way communication device.
On October 6, authorities alleged that Melly and YNW Bortlen used code words, including “Rihanna,” and handwritten messages to obstruct justice and deter key witnesses from testifying in their trial.
Jury selection for the trial is expected to take several weeks, as the prosecution and defense examine potential jurors.
In a recent court hearing, YNW Melly’s double-murder trial faced a series of developments. The prosecution, now represented by Alixandra Buckelew, requested a trial delay until January 2024 due to pending depositions and motion hearings. However, the judge’s denial of the postponement request has accelerated the timeline, with jury selection set to commence soon.
New Lead Prosecutor
In a court hearing on Tuesday, Oct. 17, YNW Melly faced his double-murder trial with a new lead prosecutor, Alixandra Buckelew. The prosecution requested to delay the trial until January 2024, citing outstanding depositions and motion hearings.
However, the judge denied their request, leading to a review of availability. Jury selection for the trial is set to begin on Wednesday, October 18. The court hearing for YNW Melly’s double-murder trial occurred when the prosecution sought to postpone the trial’s start date.
The proceedings were met with changes as Alixandra BuckelewandSteven Klingerstood in for the prosecution team, as the lead prosecutor, Kristine Bradley, had been recused from the trial.
Bucklew is highly notable for her role as the 2nd chair in the late XXXTentacion’s murder trial, where three men were convicted of his murder.
Defense Opposes Prosecution’s Request
During the court proceedings, Buckelew and her co-counsel argued for the trial’s delay, highlighting that they had received the case only “48 hours ago.”
However, the defense opposed the prosecution’s request. They argued that the prosecution’s intent was to potentially bypass the Defendant’s right to a speedy trial by swearing in a jury and then delaying the commencement of opening statements and witness testimonies for several months to catch up.
Despite the prosecution’s arguments, the judge denied their request to delay the trial. This decision prompted all parties involved to review their availability between October and January. Additionally, jury selection was scheduled for Wednesday, October 18.
According to legal respondent Afi Patterson, there are two different start dates to consider. Patterson states:
“One is for the defendant’s speedy trial rights, which begin on the first day of voir dire. The other is for the purpose of double jeopardy, which starts on the day the jury is officially sworn in. With this in mind, the court must ensure that all procedural requirements are met.”
Updated By: Yasmine Duhé (10/18/23 at 4:22 pm)
Lead Prosecutor Removed From YNW Melly Double-Murder Trial Over Failure To Disclose Evidence
The removal of the lead prosecutor from rapper YNW Melly’s double-murder trial has brought unexpected twists to the case. Accusations of misconduct, withholding evidence, and a prior accusation against a detective have raised concerns, leaving the prosecution without a replacement just as jury selection is about to commence. Legal correspondent Afi Patterson highlights the potential implications and complexities surrounding this development.
Lead Prosecutor Removed
The removal of lead prosecutor Kristine Bradleyhas created a stir in YNW Melly’s double-murder trial. Defense attorneys recently accused the prosecution of failing to disclose a prior accusation against the Miramar Police Department Detective, Mark Moretti, who allegedly “lied” while gathering evidence.
As a result, Bradley was identified as the prosecutor who had been removed from the case.
According to legal correspondent Afi Patterson, the judge deemed that Bradley had “gone beyond her role as a zealous advocate for the state” and was personally invested in the outcome of the case.” This decision has left the prosecution without a replacement as jury selection begins next week.
Regarding the lead detective, Moretti, Afi asserts:
“The judge agreed that the fact that a witness alleged they saw and heard lead detective Moretti solicit Broward County Deputy Gorel to lie was material evidence, and it should have been turned over to the Defense.”
Afi believes that the judge’s decision was appropriate. Patterson emphasized that removing Prosecutor Bradley may “hurt the prosecution in the short term,” particularly in terms of processing a substantial amount of information and devising a new strategy within a limited timeframe.
Furthermore, the defense’s motion to dismiss the indictment remains undecided by the judge. Patterson believes if the dismissal is ordered, YNW Melly could potentially be “released,” leaving the rapper to deal solely with the witness tampering charges he faced last week.
Meanwhile, the trial faces additional delays due to the 23 defense motions that must be heard by Oct. 23.
Updated By: Yasmine Duhé (10/13/23 at 6:53 pm)
YNW Melly’s Rihanna-Linked Code Words & Smart Communication System Revealed In Witness Tampering Case
YNW Melly, the controversial rapper facing a retrial for the double-murder of YNW Juvy and YNW Sakchaser, has recently found himself in even hotter water. New details have emerged about his alleged involvement in witness tampering, a charge that could further complicate his legal battle. Authorities allege that Melly and YNW Bortlen used code words, including “Rihanna,” and handwritten messages to obstruct justice and deter key witnesses from testifying in their trial.
Code Words Revealed
In recent headlines, YNW Melly’s legal battles have taken an unexpected turn, with the emergence of witness tampering allegations. These charges stem from his ongoing double-murder case involving the deaths of YNW Juvy and YNW Sakchaser.
The rapper, alongside his associate YNW Bortlen, is now accused of going to great lengths to manipulate the legal process.
It has been revealed that YNW Melly devised a smart communication system while incarcerated. According to TMZ, the official documents references were made to “Rihanna” and “A$AP Rocky’s baby mama” in relation to a particular female witness.
Prosecutors believe these references, found in text messages and phone calls, were code for instructing the witness not to testify. Furthermore, the “woman” in question ultimately failed to attend the trial, raising suspicions.
More Secret Details Revealed
Then, surveillance footage captured the rapper coordinating the delivery of hand-written messages to different cell blocks. These messages contained undisclosed information and instructions, conveniently bypassing the prison’s restrictions on verbal communication.
Additionally, authorities asserted that the “Murder On My Mind” rapper had also used another inmate’s phone privileges. During this time, he called YNW Bortlen, who was out on bond then.
YNW Melly’s retrial, initially declared a mistrial on July 22, 2023, is now scheduled to commence on Monday, October 9.
Updated By: Yasmine Duhé (10/6/23 at 2:45 pm)
YNW Melly Faces Witness Tampering Charges Ahead Of Retrial For Double-Murder Case
YNW Melly, the rapper currently on trial for a double-murder case involving the deaths of YNW Juvy and YNW Sakchaser, now faces additional charges of witness tampering. As the case proceeds, the rapper’s legal team pushes for the release of crucial evidence while Melly faces this new charge against him.
YNW Melly Charged For Witness Tampering
In a surprising twist, YNW Melly, whose original trial ended in a mistrial due to a deadlocked jury on July 22, 2023, is now confronted with witness tampering charges. These charges mirror those faced by his co-defendant, YNW Bortlen. This development comes just a week before Melly’s retrial, where he could face the death penalty if convicted.
The Broward County Sheriff alleges that both YNW Melly and YNW Bortlen engaged in misleading conduct to prevent a potential witness from testifying in Melly’s trial. On Oct. 4, Miami Dade County charged Melly with witness tampering, adding more complexity to a high-profile case.
As the rapper heads to court for a Friday, October 6 hearing, his defense lawyers are focused on the alleged withholding of crucial evidence.
More Accusations Pour In
They accuse Miramar Police Detective Mark Moretti, who was brought in by the prosecution, of misconduct and lead prosecutor Kristine Bradley of a Brady violation. According to The Miami Herald, this accusation suggests that the prosecution concealed information “favorable to the defense” regarding the incident involving Moretti.
According to TMZ, Melly’s attorney, Raven Liberty, issued a statement expressing:
“This is a transparent and desperate attempt by the State Attorney’s office to distract the public from the deposition of an Assistant State Attorney who accused this case’s lead detective and lead prosecutor of felonies by falsifying and covering up evidence damaging to the state’s case.”
Prosecutors argue that Melly tampered with a key witness, ensuring they did not testify at his first murder trial, which ended with a hung jury vote of 9-3 in favor of conviction. The final decision on the witness tampering charge lies with Judge John Murphy, while jury selection for the retrial is scheduled, commencing on October 9.
Updated By: Yasmine Duhé (10/5/23 at 3:43 pm)
YNW Melly Set For October Retrial After Mistrial Declared In Double-Murder Case
YNW Melly is gearing up for a retrial in October after his double-murder case was declared a mistrial. The case revolves around the alleged killing of his two best friends, YNW Juvy and YNW SakChase, in a shooting that occurred in October 2018. With the possibility of facing the death penalty if convicted, the controversial rapper’s legal journey continues to captivate public attention.
Mistrial To Retrial
YNW Melly is set for an upcoming retrial after his double-murder case was declared a mistrial. The mistrial was declared on July 22, 2023, due to a deadlocked jury, unable to reach a unanimous decision on the charges against YNW Melly.
The rapper stands accused of murdering rappers YNW Juvy and YNW SakChase while they were seated in a Jeep Compass in Broward County. Despite the mistrial, the legal proceedings are far from over, as the retrial is scheduled to begin on October 9, 2023.
Judge John Murphy, presiding over the case, motioned for a mistrial, signaling a lack of consensus among the jurors. Since then, the defense has made several unsuccessful attempts to secure a favorable ruling.
On September 12, Judge Murphy denied another motion for mistrial, firmly maintaining that a retrial is necessary to resolve the charges against YNW Melly. Additionally, their request for bond, made on September 22, was also denied, ensuring that the rapper remains in custody as the upcoming retrial looms large.
The complex case involves other individuals of interest, including Cortland “Bortland” Henry, who claimed to be driving the Jeep Compass during a drive-by shooting. Henry is currently awaiting trial, his involvement adding further intricacies to the investigation and subsequent legal battle.
If convicted, YNW Melly could face the death penalty for the double-murder charges leveled against him.
Updated By:Yasmine Duhé (9/28/23 at 4:32 pm)
YNW Melly Double Murder Trial Ends In A Twist: Prosecutors Set For Retrial
In a courtroom drama that has gripped the nation, the double murder trial of YNW Melly took an unexpected turn on Saturday, July 22, when the jury reached a deadlock, leading to the declaration of a mistrial. The controversial rapper’s fate hung in the balance as the jury deliberated for two intense days, ultimately failing to reach a unanimous decision on his guilt or innocence.
YNW Melly Double Murder Case Set For Retrial
Judge Murphy III, presiding over the high-profile case, had no choice but to declare a mistrial due to the impasse among the jurors. As the courtroom tension dissipated, another bombshell was dropped – prosecutors revealed their intention to retry the double murder case against YNW Melly.
The legal saga surrounding the rapper has been anything but ordinary. Accused of committing a heinous crime, YNW Melly has been facing the possibility of the death penalty if convicted. The retrial announcement reignites the spotlight on the rapper’s life and career, with his fans, critics, and the media awaiting the next chapter in this courtroom saga.
Adding further intrigue to the situation, another YNW associate, Cortlen “YNW Bortlen” Henry, is also entangled in the same incident and is currently awaiting trial. The interconnected nature of the cases only heightens public interest in the ongoing legal battle.
Updated by Yasmine Duhé on July 26th, 2023.
Mistrial Verdict Declared in YNW Melly Case
The judge in the YNW Melly trial has declared a mistrial after the jury remained hopelessly deadlocked on Saturday 7/22. The rapper is now relieved to return home – until the case is brought back for a retrial.
Melly seemed relieved and hopeful as the judge brought forth his decision. But this is not necessarily the end, says legal expert, Afi Patterson, Esq.
“A mistrial is not a get-out-of-jail card,” says Patterson. “The prosecution simply gets another bite at the apple. Right now, both sides need to talk with the jurors and find out what the key pieces of evidence were and which evidence and/or witnesses seemed credible or unreliable.”
Day 18 of YNW Melly Double Murder Trial: Jury May Be Deadlocked
As the YNW Melly double murder trial entered its 18th day, all eyes were on the courtroom and an apparently deadlocked jury. The jury has been tasked to decide whether the rapper, whose real name is Jamell Demons, would be found guilty or not guilty of two counts of 1st Degree Murder with a firearm. The tension was palpable as the jury was sequestered, diligently deliberating to reach a unanimous verdict.
Jury Requests To Review Testimonies
Judge Murphy III presided over the proceedings, addressing the jury’s inquiries about specific testimonies from witnesses Michael Kelly and Treveon Glass. However, due to some ambiguity, the jury needed further clarification before proceeding. The prosecution, led by Kristine Bradley and Camille Smith, informed the court that the testimony of Michael Kelly, which the jury inquired about, would be available for review the following day.
In addition to Michael Kelly’s testimony, the jury expressed interest in the testimony of a third witness from the 27-witness list. The identity of the witness needed clarification, and the court reporter was tasked with reading back the relevant testimony for the jury.
Judge Charges Jury To Keep Deliberating
YNW Melly jurors may be unable to agree on a verdict after a juror asked the court a question about what happens if they are unable to reach a decision on the rapper’s fate. The question was asked, “What if we can’t come to a decision? Everyone is stuck on which side they’ve chosen.”
Judge Murphy III inquired, “So both sides agree this is interpreted as a deadlock and they’re stuck. Both sides agree with that?” YNW Melly’s defense and prosecution concurred, stating, “Yes, sir.” To this, Judge Murphy replied, “Then I’m going to read the outro. I’m not modifying it…. Been around 40-50 years.”
Faced with the jurors’ apparent deadlock and inability to reach a unanimous decision, Judge Murphy took the opportunity to deliver an “Allen charge” or “dynamite charge.” This is a jury instruction urging jurors to reexamine and deliberate further to reach an agreement. The judge emphasized that if the jury remained deadlocked, he would have no choice but to declare a mistrial.
YNW Melly Waits Patiently For His Fate
As the jurors resumed their deliberations, the fate of YNW Melly hung in the balance. The case revolves around the alleged staged drive-by shooting that resulted in the deaths of his two best friends, YNW Juvy and YNW Sakchaser.
Updated by Yasmine Duhé on July 21st, 2023.
YNW Melly Double Murder Trial: Day 17/Verdict Watch
Tensions ran high in the courtroom on the 17th day of the YNW Melly double murder trial. The prosecution and defense teams presented their closing arguments, leaving the fate of the controversial rapper in the hands of the jury. With the rapper’s career in the hands of the jury, 100k Track, YNW Melly’s manager, was present in the courtroom to witness the verdict proceedings.
Prosecution Presents Confident Closing Argument
Prosecutor Kristin Bradley wasted no time in delivering a powerful closing statement, confidently asserting the guilt of the embattled rapper. “Ladies and gentlemen,” she boldly announced, “At this time, I can get up here before you and say the defendant is guilty of murder in the first degree… I now have the opportunity to explain all of the evidence.”
Subsequently, Bradley presented surveillance footage depicting YNW Melly, YNW Juvy, YNW Bortlen, and YNW Sakchaser leaving New Era Studio. She specifically highlighted Melly holding a cell phone in his hand and emphasized, “He always has his phone in his hands,” addressing the jury.
The prosecution painted a picture of a motive driven by anger, greed, resentment, and gang advancement, claiming that YNW Melly was under stress due to the financial disparities within the YNW group. According to their narrative, Melly was making substantial money while others were struggling to keep up.
Defense Challenges Evidence Against Melly
However, the defense, represented by Stuart Adelstien, fiercely challenged the prosecution’s case.
Adelstein pointed out that the Jeep in which YNW Juvy and YNW Sakchaser were murdered was thoroughly searched for 15 hours by crime scene technicians, implying that the evidence may not be as straightforward as the prosecution suggests.
Adelstein addressed the jury, stating, “We also know that Cortlen Henry (YNW Bortlen) had blood on his clothes that matched the victim. And we know he had GSR residue on his clothes.”
The defense brought forth 11 witnesses, starting with Jorge Bello and ending with Moretti, highlighting inconsistencies and potential flaws in their testimonies. Adelstein called into question the investigation conducted by Det. Mark Moretti, claiming that Moretti had “tunnel vision” solely focused on YNW Melly as the prime suspect due to his status as a “rap star.” One pivotal defense witness, Adrian Davis, stated that Melly was seen getting into a Red Mitsubishi, a fact previously disclosed to authorities.
Jury Given Instructions for Deliberations
As the courtroom proceedings concluded, the judge provided instructions to the jury about deliberations. Deliberations will begin with the jury selecting a foreperson, and they must only discuss the case when all members are present in the jury room, without the use of phones or external communication.
Speculations abound, with many believing that the jury may render a guilty verdict given the gravity of the charges and the complexity of the evidence. The verdict watch resumes July 21 with expectations that a decision could be reached by Saturday, July 22.
The YNW Melly Double Murder trial continues with gripping testimonies and intense cross-examinations. Day 15 saw Detective Mark Moretti’s testimony facing scrutiny from the defense, highlighting potential flaws in the investigation. With closing arguments on the horizon, the trial remains a highly anticipated event.
YNW Melly Double Murder Trial Day 15
Day 15 of the highly anticipated YNW Melly Double Murder trial commenced on Monday, July 17, with the courtroom bracing itself for another eventful day of proceedings. Judge Murphy III initiated the session by inquiring about the state of mind of Melly’s attorney, Raven Ramona Liberty. In response, Liberty calmly expressed, “I’m great, thanks.”
The courtroom’s attention then turned to the ongoing testimony of Detective Mark Moretti, who continued to provide crucial insights on behalf of the prosecution. Moretti took the stand and recounted an exchange on Oct. 26, 2018, between rapper Peezy Gambino and YNW Melly. Gambino had asked Melly, “Are you ok?” Melly replied enigmatically, “I did that,” accompanied by a hushed emoji.
During the prosecution’s examination, Det. Moretti faced cross-examination from Melly’s defense attorney, Stuart Adelstein. Adelstein pointed out Melly’s usage of “dat” instead of “that” across 19 pages, highlighting the anomaly.
Further casting doubts on Moretti’s expertise, Adelstein drew a comparison between Moretti’s testimony and that of Special Agent Collins from the GBI (Georgia Bureau of Investigation). In Moretti’s statements, Adelstein questioned the accuracy of longitude and latitude details, suggesting that the FBI does not rely on such information for analysis. Moretti responded simply with a “no.”
Potential Flaws In The Investigation
Adelstein’s line of defense also aimed to establish flaws in Moretti’s investigation. It was revealed that Moretti had conducted drive-by and helicopter surveys years after the initial incident, implying a lack of thoroughness.
Another significant revelation was the delayed interview of a suspect named Crucial Almighty/David Hedgepath, who had sent a message in October 2018 explicitly targeting YNW Melly. The interview took place two years later.
Furthermore, the defense exposed Moretti’s failure to obtain a search warrant for a residence housing eight occupants of two cars, despite Cortlen Henry’s dishonesty with the police. Moretti searched a Jeep on Oct. 26, 2018, but failed to search a red Mitsubishi that could have confirmed Melly’s presence inside.
Fredo Bang’s House Search
Detective Moretti’s shortcomings continued to be highlighted as Adelstein brought up a locker belonging to Jameson Francios, also known as 100K Track. Moretti had discovered three black holsters and gun locks in the locker but neglected to interview Francios regarding these items.
As the cross-examination progressed, Adelstein posed a crucial question regarding the search of Fredo Bang’s house, where Melly had allegedly been present on the night of the murders. Moretti’s response was a resounding “no.”
To further cast doubt on the thoroughness of the investigation, Melly’s defense named 14 potential suspects who were seemingly not thoroughly investigated, including Cortlen Henry (YNW Bortlen), Fredo Bang, David Hedgepath, and Montrelle Rolle. However, many of them were ruled out.
Looking ahead, Day 16 of the trial is scheduled to resume on Tuesday, July 18, at 9 AM ET. Melly’s defense attorney, David A. Howard, has formally requested a judgment of acquittal, which Judge Murphy III will carefully consider.
YNW Melly Double Murder Trial Day 16
On Day 16, the first witness called by the defense was Adrian Rashad Davis, a school friend of YNW Juvy, YNW Sakchaser, and YNW Melly. Davis emphasized their close friendship, describing them as “good friends, close friends, best friends.”
Davis stated that they were drinking Hennessy and smoking on the day of the studio session at New Era Studios. Stuart Adelstein, Melly’s defense attorney, asked Davis about the purpose of going to the studio, to which Davis replied, “To make music.” He further mentioned that there were no issues during the studio session, and “everyone eventually fell asleep.”
During Davis’ testimony, emotional insights were revealed as he described the events of that night. However, the prosecution challenged his statements, presenting a document that appeared to contain a different statement from Davis. Despite the prosecution’s attempts to agitate him, Davis firmly denied involvement in the murders.
Day 16 Trial Takes A Turn
The trial took a pivotal turn as Judge Murphy III asked Melly about the possibility of him testifying. Melly stated that he would not testify voluntarily, affirming it as his decision.
Looking ahead, the trial’s conclusion may be imminent, with closing arguments scheduled to begin on Thursday, July 20. Speculation grows about whether YNW Melly will ultimately take the stand in his defense.
Amid the ongoing trial proceedings, emotions run high among family members of the victims. Leondra Phillips, YNW Juvy’s mother, shared her disappointment with the trial in a heartfelt Facebook post. On Day 15 of the trial, Phillips voiced her emotions, saying:
“I keep my mouth closed on some situations don’t peak or voice my opinion, nowadays people love to run there mouth they said free melly but than say I’m praying for you, keep them demons over there moral of the story I hope you can be as strong as me because everybody ain’t built the same, LLJUVY to the death of e if nobody got you just know your family do, rest easy son, it’s almost over.”
As Day 16 of the trial arrived, Phillips conveyed her sentiments toward Adrian Rashad Davis, stating, “Sad case, N*gga get your lying a** off that stand.”
Updated by Yasmine Duhé on July 18th, 2023
YNW Melly Double Murder Trial Day 14: Detective Testifies As Defense Challenges Messages In Court
The YNW Melly double murder trial entered its fourteenth day with Detective Mark Moretti providing testimony for the prosecution. The court session focused on text messages between YNW Melly and his mother, Jamie King. The defense raised concerns about the inflammatory nature of specific messages and motioned for a mistrial, which the judge ultimately denied. The trial adjourned early due to the illness of YNW Melly’s attorney, with proceedings set to resume on Monday.
YNW Melly Double Murder Trial Day 14
Day 14 of the YNW Melly double murder trial began with Detective Mark Moretti taking the stand to continue his testimony on behalf of the prosecution. The defense initiated the court session by arguing for the deletion of messages about gun discussions after the incident. Agreeing with the defense’s reasoning, the judge approved the removal of these messages, emphasizing that their admission as evidence was solely for establishing phone ownership on the prosecution’s part.
Assisted by Prosecutor Camille Smith, Detective Moretti presented the text messages as evidence. Before the incident, messages exchanged in August 2018 were read aloud in court. These messages allegedly involved YNW Melly and his mother, Jamie King, discussing their interactions with others, expressing affection for each other, and referencing cars.
Subsequently, messages from October 2018 were shown, revealing expressions of love between YNW Melly and his mother on October 26 and 27. It is worth noting that the shooting took place on October 26. On October 28, Melly’s mother expressed concern for his safety.
The defense raised concerns about the potentially inflammatory messages exchanged between YNW Melly and his mother and motioned for a mistrial. YNW Melly’s defense attorney, David A. Howard, requested the court’s intervention, stating, “We ask that the court put a stop to this.” However, the judge denied the motion and directed the prosecution to proceed with the examination of Detective Mark Moretti.
The trial adjourned earlier than expected due to YNW Melly’s attorney, Raven Ramona Liberty, falling ill. The prosecution and the judge agreed to resume proceedings on Monday, as communicated to the jury.
Day 15 of the YNW Melly double murder trial is scheduled to commence on Monday, July 17, at 9 AM ET, continuing the legal proceedings surrounding the case.
Day 13: Detective Grants Lengthy Testimony
On the thirteenth day of the YNW Melly Double Murder Trial, Lead Detective Mark Moretti provided extensive testimony, engaging in legal discussions and resulting in several sidebars and objections. Despite the complexity, the jury and YNW Melly remained focused during Moretti’s testimony. Key details included allegations of threats against YNW Melly’s mother, Jamie King, illegal phone confiscation accusations against Detective Moretti, phone records analysis, and the prosecution’s attempt to establish Melly’s connection to the murder weapon.
Before testimony began on Tuesday morning, the court was informed of alleged threats by YNW Juvy’s sister against YNW Melly’s mother, Jamie King, on social media. As a result, King will now have a bodyguard whenever she is present at the courthouse. Additionally, during the proceedings, allegations were raised against Detective Moretti by Jamie King, claiming the illegal confiscation of her cell phone.
It’s worth noting that the state later accused King of witness tampering in response to these allegations.
Updated By: Yasmine Duhé (7/11/23 at 7:33 pm)
Detective Moretti provided significant details during the trial, including the locations of YNW SakChaser’s and YNW Melly’s phones relative to the gun shell casings found at the crime scene. Det. Moretti stated YNW SakChaser’s phone was 100 meters from where the gun shell casings were found.
Where YNW Melly’s phone was 400 meters from where the casings were found.The examination of phone records between 1 AM and 6 AM on the day of the homicide played a crucial role in the investigation.
Moretti also confirmed a visit to Coco Beach, FL, to discuss a child’s safety with Felicia Holmes, YNW Melly’s ex-girlfriend’s mother. Moreover, reviewing phone records helped establish Fredo Bang’s location once YNW Melly’s phone was seized.
To strengthen their case, the prosecution presented a secured call between YNW Melly and his mother, which took place while Melly was in Broward County jail on February 28, 2019. The call provided evidence linking Melly to conversations relevant to the alleged crimes.
Lead Detective Moretti’s testimony primarily focused on linking phone numbers to individuals involved in the case, providing valuable insights into ownership and connections.
However, YNW Melly’s defense attorney, Stuart Adelstein, raised concerns about Detective Moretti’s qualifications as an expert witness during the trial. Adelstein highlighted Moretti’s admission in a deposition that he is not an expert in the relevant field, aiming to challenge the credibility of his testimony. The prosecution objected to this line of argument, asserting that the defense was attempting to confuse the jury and undermine the significance of Moretti’s testimony.
As Detective Moretti testified, the prosecution played a part of a documentary about YNW Melly’s life, showcasing his friendship with YNW Juvy and YNW SakChaser, labeled as his childhood best friends. The documentary showed Melly’s life and mindset before the tragic events. Notably, Melly was seen at a music video shoot on the same day his two friends were murdered, with a woman in the background expressing, “Melly’s still turns regardless of what happened early in the morning.”
Looking ahead, YNW Melly’s defense will commence their case on Thursday, July 12, following the conclusion of Detective Moretti’s testimony as the prosecution’s final witness. The prosecution’s burden lies in proving that the gun used in the double murder was in Melly’s possession.
Afi Patterson, a legal respondent from SOHH, believes that the prosecution has yet to show that the gun was actually in Melly’s “hands.” Patterson then referenced the testimony from Treveon Glass, an associate of YNW Melly, who stated that there was no apparent tension between Sak, Juvy, and Melly.
As the trial progresses, all eyes are on YNW Melly’s defense as they prepare to present their case. Day 14 of the trial is set to begin on Wednesday, July 12, at 9 AM ET.
The YNW Melly double murder trial resumed after a week-long break, with day 12 focusing on the testimony of Treveon Glass, a close associate of the rapper and Miramar Lead Detective, Mark Moretti. Glass provided insight about YNW Melly’s whereabouts on the night of the deadly shooting. Additionally, surveillance footage analyzed by Detective Mark Moretti shed light on the presence of vehicles at the crime scene. As the trial entered its final stages, tensions rose over the admissibility of Melly’s marijuana use and a video allegedly implicating him.
Glass Testifies On Melly’s Whereabouts
Treveon Glass, a friend and associate of YNW Melly, took the stand during day 12 of the double murder trial. Glass confirmed that he was with Melly at the recording studio prior to the shooting and later saw him at rapper Fredo Bang’s house, where Melly appeared to be wearing different clothes.
Glass’ testimony provided valuable insights into Melly’s movements on the fateful night.
Marijuana Use & Texting Controversy
During cross-examination, the defense questioned Glass about his marijuana use and whether he had smoked before testifying. During the recess, Traveon Glass admitted that he should have smoked before taking the stand.
He also confessed to texting his brother while on the witness stand. The defense expressed concerns that the content of their conversation might have been related to the trial.
However, under oath, Glass clarified that he was merely informing his brother about court proceedings in general, mentioning that “things are wild.”
Detective Moretti’s Analysis Of Surveillance Footage
Detective Mark Moretti, a seasoned investigator with 20 years of experience, was called to testify by the prosecution. Moretti reviewed surveillance footage from various locations, including a McDonald’s and the Colossal Academy’s US Tower. Notably, the footage revealed no presence of a red Mitsubishi during the relevant time period.
Moretti read a text from rapper Fredo Bang on October 26, 2018 at 4:45 AM, where it read “Miramar fl 33029 I’m on my way! Right now blood.” Moretti then presented evidence supporting rapper Fredo Bang’s mode of travel, using a helicopter, to corroborate his testimony.
During the cross-examination by YNW Melly’s defense attorney, Stuart Adelstein, Moretti was questioned about whether he had compared his flight pattern and travel points with the accidents and weather conditions of 2018. In response, Moretti answered “no”.
Discussion Of Melly’s Marijuana Use + Controversial Concealment Video
The prosecution sought to exclude YNW Melly’s history of chronic marijuana use from the trial, arguing it was irrelevant. However, the defense argued that the rapper’s cannabis consumption had affected his memory and should be admissible.
Ultimately, the judge ruled in favor of the defense, allowing Melly’s past marijuana use to be discussed during the trial.
A video allegedly featuring YNW Melly whispering that he would turn himself in while hiding inside a suitcase was presented in court. Melly voiced in the video saying, “My name is Melly and I’m going to turn myself in.” However, the video was not shown to the jury, adding intrigue and speculation to the proceedings.
Conclusion of Day 12 & Preview of Day 13
Day 12 of the YNW Melly Double Murder trial concluded with Detective Moretti’s testimony adjourned until the next day. The trial will resume on day 13 with Moretti’s continued examination, promising further insights into the case.
Updated By: Yasmine Duhé (7/10/23 at 6:42 pm)
YNW Melly Double-Murder Trial Day 11: Mother Of YNW Juvy Testifies, Vehicle Viewing Delayed, Over 300 Photos Presented As Evidence
The double-murder trial of rapper YNW Melly reached its 11th day with significant developments. Leondra Phillips, the mother of victim YNW Juvy, took the stand to testify while decisions were made regarding the presentation of evidence, including Snapchat videos and over 300 photographs. The viewing of the vehicle involved in the shooting was postponed, and the trial witnessed several legal arguments and testimonies related to the case. The trial will resume after a break for the Fourth of July week.
Throughout the trial, the prosecution presented Snapchat videos featuring YNW Melly without audio as evidence. They also submitted over 500 photographs to support their case.
The judge ruled that the videos were relevant to establish account ownership, but previously excluded similar videos depicting firearms and money. Additionally, legal respondent Terri Austin disclosed that the firearm used in the shooting has yet to be “discovered.”
Night Of The Shooting
During the investigation, Cortlen Henry aka YNW Bortlen, who is considered a person of interest in the murder of YNW Juvy and YNW SakChaser, initially provided the police with a different location than the actual crime scene on the night of the shooting. Additionally, no shell casings were found at the scene initially, adding complexity to the case.
However, upon tracking the locations of everyone in the car through their phones, authorities were able to pinpoint an area where .40 caliber casings were found. This crucial evidence contributed to the argument that the incident was not a drive-by shooting.
Additionally, it was revealed that YNW Bortlen had changed his clothes after the shooting and before seeking medical attention at the hospital.
Leondra Phillips, the mother of victim YNW Juvy, took the stand to identify her son and other individuals in surveillance footage captured outside the recording studio. She positively identified YNW Juvy, YNW Melly, YNW SakChaser, and YNW Bortlen in the footage. After her testimony, the defense chose not to cross-examine her and expressed condolences.
YNW Melly’s defense attorney requested that the jury be given the opportunity to examine the Jeep involved in the case after the break. However, due to concerns about the vehicle’s security, Judge Murphy III postponed its viewing.
Witnesses, Upcoming Testimonies, And Hearings
Afi Patterson, a legal analyst, advised the defense to consider presenting their own “reconstruction expert” to challenge the evidence presented by the prosecution effectively. She believes this is the only way for the defense to revisit and strengthen their case.
In response to the prosecution’s expert witness, Detective Sgt. Williams, Patterson asserts that he was unwavering and firmly stood his ground during cross-examination. The trial also witnessed legal arguments regarding the relevance of Snapchat videos and the still-missing firearm used in the shooting.
The prosecution expressed their intention to call Trevian Glass as a crucial witness. Glass, present in the red Mitsubishi captured in surveillance video on the night of the shooting, has been difficult to locate. His deposition is scheduled to take place on Friday, June 30. YNW Bortlen considered a person of interest in the case, will face a bond review hearing scheduled for Friday, June 30 as well.
Day 11 of the YNW Melly Double-Murder trial concluded with the presentation of numerous photographs and important testimonies. The trial will resume on Monday, July 10, following an adjournment for the Fourth of July week.
The double-murder trial of rapper YNW Melly entered its tenth day with the testimony of police detective Sgt. Christopher Williams. Williams provided crucial details about the shooting of Christopher Thomas (YNW Juvy) and Anthony Williams (YNW Sakchaser), refuting the defense’s drive-by shooting theory. While shedding light on the incident, Sgt. Williams faced contradictions and criticisms during cross-examination. The trial will resume on 6/29 with the conclusion of Sgt. Williams’ testimony.
During the tenth day of YNW Melly’s double-murder trial, Sgt. Christopher Williams took the stand as a key witness, shedding light on the shooting incident. Here are the key details revealed during his testimony:
Shots Fired Inside Stationary Vehicle
Sgt. Williams testified that the rounds fired in the Jeep were not from a drive-by shooting as “all the rounds should be coming in sideways.” He stated that shots were fired both from inside and outside the vehicle and that the Jeep was stationary during the shooting. He explained this when asked by the prosecution how rounds should enter a moving vehicle at 45 mph. Overall, 3 shots were fired inside the Jeep, and 17 shots were fired outside of the vehicle.
Williams determined that the front passenger’s head was down at an angle, resembling someone asleep when the shooting occurred. He also revealed that YNW Sakchaser was seated in the front passenger seat.
Forensic Investigation Indicates A Surprise Attack
Williams investigated the Jeep at the BSO warehouse. Williams shared that he had the Jeep towed to the crime scene unit that has a forensic process garage from the BSO warehouse.
The detective explained his investigative process, using high school geometry to analyze the evidence. He testified that he measured the distance between seats and determined the trajectory of the projectile. He revealed that two projectiles were recovered from the Jeep and that the blowback from the front seat passenger came from a firearm at close range.
Williams determined a projectile exited out the front passenger window with the victim’s head at a resting angle. YNW Sakchaser was in the front seat passenger of the Jeep.
According to Williams, Juvy was already dead when shot multiple times as he was “crumbling” with each round, according to reconstruction. He testified that the defensive wound on YNW Juvy proves he had no idea he or YNW Sakchaser were about to be shot stating, “Mr. Thomas was not aware of what was going on. He was taken by surprise with his hands being up, almost saying ‘don’t shoot’.
Contradictions and Criticisms: “The Worst” Investigation
During cross-examination, Williams faced contradictions in his statements. Though he refuted the defense’s drive-by shooting theory, he later mentioned the possibility of shots being fired from outside the Jeep.
The defense challenged the investigation conducted by the Miramar Police Department, leading Williams to attest that it was “the worst” investigation he had ever seen “in my life.”
Under cross-examination by YNW Melly’s defense, David A. Howard, Williams admitted to a lack of physical evidence in his findings stating, “We don’t have the blood evidence or trajectory to prove someone was outside of the Jeep”. However, he continued to assert his conclusions were sound stating, “it’s all demonstrative”.
Williams responded to defense questioning, stating, “The shooting happened from somebody inside the car. Blood evidence shows the shooting happened from the inside the car. Suggestion of it happening outside… I wouldn’t entertain it.”
Growing frustrated with the defense’s suggestions of other scenarios, Williams then told David A. Howard, YNW Melly’s defense, “I’m not entertaining all your scenarios.”
YNW Melly’s Demeanor
YNW Melly recited prayers during breaks in the trial but appeared restrained and did not perform the crossing and kissing gesture criticized by the victims’ families in previous sessions.
Updated By: Yasmine Duhé (6/29/23 at 10:50 am)
YNW Melly Double-Murder Trial Day 9: Cross-Examination Of Undercover Detective & Testimony From Medical Examiners
The ninth day of the YNW Melly double-murder trial brought forth significant developments as the defense continued the cross-examination of undercover detective Danny Polo. The jury witnessed a comparison of lyrics by rapper Kevin Gates and YNW Melly, highlighting the defense’s argument that the lyrics should not be taken literally. Additionally, medical examiners Dr. Rebecca MacDougall and Dr. Adrienne Sauder took the stand, providing crucial testimony regarding the victims’ cause and manner of death. The trial adjourned with the anticipation of Christopher Williams, the father of one of the victims, as the next witness.
Day 9 of the YNW Melly double-murder trial commenced with a prayer from YNW Melly before jurors entered the courtroom. The cross-examination of undercover detective Danny Polo by Melly’s attorney, David A. Howard, continued, with the defense presenting a side-by-side comparison of Kevin Gates’ lyrics and Melly’s similar statements to argue that the lyrics should not be interpreted literally.
During the cross-examination, Howard read text messages of gang members offering condolences to Melly after the shooting. Witness Danny Polo claimed these messages were coded “to guide” Melly. The defense aimed to challenge the prosecution’s narrative by suggesting alternative interpretations of the messages.
The Fatal Shooting Of YNW Sakchaser
A new witness, Dr. Rebecca MacDougall, took the stand and planned to present 128 photos during her testimony. However, the judge narrowed the number to 23 to avoid showing excessively gruesome images. Dr. MacDougall, who served as Broward County’s Chief Medical Examiner, testified about the gunshot wounds suffered by the victims, Juvy and Sakchaser.
According to Dr. MacDougall, YNW Sakchaser was shot multiple times after the initial gunshot wound to the back of his head. Upon arriving at the hospital, the medical examiner confirmed that Sakchaser did not have a heartbeat and opined that he was alive when he was shot based on abrasions and hemorrhaging.
The cause of Sakchaser’s death was determined to be multiple gunshot wounds, classified as a homicide.
Dr. MacDougall stated that the fatal shot that caused the death of Anthony Williams (YNW Sakchaser) entered the back of his neck. However, she admitted that she could not determine the proximity of the shooter or if there were one or more shooters.
The examination of the gunshot ranges was undetermined, and the pattern of the second and third shots could not be established.
Dr. Sauder Takes The Stand
Following Dr. MacDougall’s testimony, Dr. Adrienne Sauder, an associate medical examiner, took the stand. She conducted the autopsy on Christopher Thomas Jr, known as YNW Juvy. Dr. Sauder revealed that there were two defects in Juvy’s heart and stated that the heart was not beating when the wounds were inflicted. The cause of death for Juvy was also classified as multiple gunshot wounds and ruled a homicide.
Dr. Sauder acknowledged the importance of examining the victim’s clothing to determine the cause and manner of death. Furthermore, she conceded that Juvy arrived without any clothes. In response to a question from defense attorney Stuart Adelstein, Dr. Sauder admitted uncertainty regarding whether Juvy’s clothes or dreadlocks were examined.
The trial day ended with the announcement that Christopher Williams, Sakchaser’s father, would be the next witness, with his testimony expected to span two days. Day 10 of the trial is set to resume on Wednesday, June 28, at 9:00 AM ET.
Updated By: Yasmine Duhé (6/27/23 at 6:50 pm)
YNW Melly’s Double Murder Trial Day 8: Unmasked Detective Reveals Testimony & Text Messages
In the ongoing double murder trial of YNW Melly, Detective Danny Polo took the stand on day 9, shedding light on crucial testimony and unveiling over 123 text messages. As the unmasked detective testified, the prosecution presented text message conversations about guns and ammunition, raising questions about their motives. Polo is the sole witness to testify on day 8 of the trial, making him the longest-standing witness in the proceedings thus far. Legal experts analyze the significance of tying YNW Melly to gang activity and the challenges faced by the defense. With the trial climaxing, the courtroom awaits whether YNW Melly will testify.
Unmasking Detective Danny Polo
Detective Danny Polo, whose personal identity was previously concealed, appeared unmasked on the witness stand. YNW Melly’s attorney, Stuart Adelstein, requested the removal of Polo’s mask, presenting a photo of Polo’s wife’s cash app account with a family profile picture.
Polo requested permission to call his wife before complying with the request. Eventually, Judge Murphy III ruled that Polo would proceed without the mask for the remainder of his testimony.
Text Messages & Gang Affiliation
The prosecution introduced text messages in the trial, revealing conversations related to guns and ammunition. Afi Patterson, SOHH’s legal respondent, questioned the prosecution’s motive behind presenting these messages.
Patterson argues that after a drive-by shooting, it is natural for someone to be concerned about their safety and seek protection, including acquiring weapons. She also emphasized the importance of having an expert witness to decipher the coded language and slang specific to gang activity mentioned in the messages. Afi Patterson said:
“My argument from a defense perspective, would be why wouldn’t I be looking for guns and ammo, if I’ve been attacked in a drive-by shooting”. Things in my life would have now become a little bit more intense, a little bit more heated, I’m in danger. I need weaponery. That would be my first thought, post-shooting, so I don’t know where they’re (prosecution) is going with that.”
Connecting YNW Melly To Gangs
Following the proceedings, Polo was asked to identify YNW Bortlen in a group photo featuring YNW Melly and members of the G-Shine Blood gang. Polo mentioned the rivalry between West Coast Bloods, East Coast Bloods, and the connections between Gino and NYC Bloods through Gino’s boss, Stretch.
The prosecution aimed to establish YNW Melly’s ties to gang activity by presenting slang and coded language in the text messages.
Detective Danny Polo acknowledged not becoming involved in the YNW Melly investigation until January 2022. He confirmed Attorney Howard’s statement that he was assigned to the case as a “gang expert” by his sergeant.
Polo expressed his enthusiasm for the assignment, informing his sergeant, “I would love it.”
During the Q&A session, Afi Patterson was asked whether YNW Melly’s connections and involvement with the Bloods would guarantee a death sentence if he is found guilty. Patterson responded that having a connection or affiliation with an organization with a criminal history does not automatically make someone guilty.
Patterson expressed her belief that the prosecution has not provided sufficient evidence to link the affiliation to the murders of Sak and Juvy. She states:
“Just because you have a connection or affiliation with an organization that may have a known criminal history, it doesn’t automatically make you guilty. I don’t think the prosecution has done enough to tie the affiliation to the murders of Sak and Juvy.”
The Defense’s Perspective
Polo’s involvement in YNW Melly’s case as a “gang expert” was confirmed by his sergeant, defense attorney David A. Howard pointed out. The defense challenged the prosecution’s case by highlighting the contradiction between evidence suggesting gang affiliation and Polo’s acknowledgment that song lyrics don’t make someone a gang member. During the trial, YNW Melly’s defense attorney, David A. Howard, referred to Serena Williams’ “cripwalking” after one of her tennis victories.
He asked Det. Danny Polo if this meant Williams was attempting to join the Crips gang. Polo responded, “No, that is just her paying homage to where she’s from.” The defense also presented a video showing how to perform gang signs, including the 5-Star Blood signs, to counter Polo’s claim of not finding such a video.
The Decision Of Testifying
As the trial progresses, the question of whether YNW Melly will testify arises. Legal respondent Afi Patterson believes it is unlikely, as defense attorneys often discourage their clients from taking the stand due to the potential pitfalls.
Testifying allows the prosecution to explore previously unexplored incidents and scrutinize the defendant’s demeanor, potentially impacting the trial outcome. She states, “Many defense attorneys often discourage their client from testifying. She continued to emphasis it as a “minefield” and that defendants are under such “scrutiny.”
The YNW Melly Double Murder trial concluded its eighth day at 5:00 PM ET, with the ninth day of the trial scheduled to resume on Tuesday, June 27, 2023, at 9:00 AM ET.
Updated By: Yasmine Duhé (6/27/23 at 1:53 pm)
YNW Melly Double-Murder Trial Week Review: Delays, Testimonies, and The Masked Detective
The YNW Melly double-murder trial has seen a week filled with notable events, as testimonies and evidence unfolded in court. From delays due to a sick juror to the introduction of cellphone data evidence and the controversial appearance of an undercover detective, each day provided captivating moments.
SOHH legal correspondent, Afi Patterson, Esq. offers insights into the trial proceedings and raises questions about the prosecution’s evidence and its impact on the case. As the trial prepares to resume, the story of YNW Melly’s alleged involvement in the double murder continues to unfold.
Delays and Jury Questions
The trial experienced a delay on Day 5 due to a sick juror, which postponed the testimony. Another juror questioned the defense’s motion for a mistrial but was allowed to remain on the jury after claiming no exposure to media coverage of the trial.
YNW MellyCellphone Data and DNA Evidence
Day 6 focused on the presentation of cellphone data evidence. The DNA analyst revealed that YNW Melly’s DNA was found only on the rear driver-side door handle of the vehicle involved in the case. It was noted that Melly’s DNA sample initially tested negative but was re-analyzed after the trial began.
Controversial Appearance of the Masked Undercover Detective
Day 7 took an unexpected turn when undercover detective Danny Polo entered the court to testify wearing a ski mask. The defense criticized his expertise and objected to his testimony, asserting that it was prejudicial. Polo introduced text messages allegedly sent by YNW Melly, including a request in which Melly that his mother to purchase a Glock .40 firearm. The message that was cited read “I’d rather have a Glock 40.”
In January 2017, Melly was arrested during a traffic stop, and officers found a .40 caliber Glock in his glove compartment. That likely connected the dots for the prosecution and led them to conclude that Melly was the shooter because a .40 caliber gun was purportedly the murder weapon.
The Defense Discredits Detective Polo
In response to Polo’s appearance, the defense counsel discredited the detective, asserting the detective is in his “embryonic stage” and lack of experience as an expert witness. According to SOHH.com legal respondent Afi Patterson, Danny Polo did not have any “intimate or first-hand knowledge” about Melly’s supposed gang affiliations. “He was never undercover and he gained his expertise from conferences and certifications,” added Patterson. “I would also object to his testimony on the grounds that it is wildly prejudicial.”
The Prosecution Faces Challenges
According to Patterson, “the prosecution had a lot of challenges with turning over evidence and with following the proper procedures and protocols for introducing evidence into court.” The defense complained that the prosecution turned over evidence the morning of, and that it was received via email. The defense asked the prosecutor to have the professional courtesy to print out the documents, where the prosecutor was “reluctant” and had to be reprimanded by the judge.
Mistrial Motion and Prosecution’s Case
Felicia Holmes, a witness for the prosecution, testified last week, leading the defense to motion for a mistrial, claiming prejudicial statements were made. However, the judge ultimately denied the motion.
Patterson expressed that there are significant holes in the prosecution argument. “Prosecutors have not established YNW Melly’s connection to the gun or proven that he pulled the trigger. The studio footage confirms his presence in the vehicle, which we do not doubt, but what occurred after they left?”
Insights and Resumption of the Trial
With the trial set to resume on Monday, June 26 at 9 AM ET, the unfolding events will determine YNW Melly’s fate in the double-murder case.
Day 7 of the double murder trial involving rapper YNW Melly took an unexpected turn when an undercover detective, Danny Polo, from the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, appeared on the witness stand wearing a full-face ski mask. The masked testimony sparked discomfort among the jurors, leading to notes being submitted to the judge expressing their objections.
During the proceedings of YNW Melly’s double murder trial, an undercover detective named Danny Polo testified while wearing a ski mask, drawing attention and raising eyebrows. The defense attorney, Stuart Adelstein, questioned the duration the detective had spent unmasked before the proceedings, to which Polo replied, “about an hour.”
Unsettled Jurors + The “Gang Bible”
The presence of the masked witness unsettled some jurors, leading to their objections being conveyed through notes.
Two jury notes were shared with the judge and attorneys involved in the case. According to defense attorney David A. Howard, one of the jury notes stated, “Why does he get to see us but we don’t get to see him?” This was read aloud in court. The judge directly read from the second note written by a juror, which said, “I need a moment. I can’t listen properly. When I was a child, I saw someone get robbed, and I am having an anxiety attack.”
The reason behind Detective Danny Polo wearing the ski mask was his claim that there was a $50,000 bounty on his head, causing concern for his family’s safety. However, YNW Melly’s defense, Stuart Adelstein, inquired about the duration the undercover detective remained unmasked while sitting outside.
The deputy responded, stating that it was approximately an hour. The prosecution proceeded to present text messages allegedly sent by YNW Melly, including a request for his mother to purchase a legal gun, expressing a preference for a Glock .40 over a .45 caliber firearm. The message read “I’d rather have a Glock 40.”
After the proceedings, undercover detective Danny Polo analyzed the gang-related language used in YNW Melly’s texts, which prosecutors claim indicate his affiliation with the G-Shine Bloods. It is alleged that Melly made an attempt to familiarize himself with the gang’s loyalty oath just two days prior to the shootings. Additionally, during the proceedings, Polo presented the “Gang Bible,” a document containing the rules and regulations of the gang.
The trial aims to conclude by the end of July 2023, as Judge John Murphy III stated.
YNW Melly’s murder trial has generated significant attention and media coverage. Amid the trial, the spotlight briefly shifted to Melly’s lawyer, Raven Liberty, when her mugshot from a previous arrest went viral on social media.
The online frenzy surrounding Liberty’s mugshot has sparked mixed reactions among users, with some expressing concerns about its impact on Melly’s case.
Raven Liberty, known as YNW Melly’s defense attorney, became the subject of social media chatter after a viral mugshot of hers circulated online. It was revealed that Liberty had been arrested for battery on August 25, 2022, in Miami, Florida. She was subsequently released on a $1,500 bond.
In her notable legal career, Raven Liberty has served as the legal representative for rapper Kodak Black, including a first-degree sexual misconduct charge in 2016, allegations of making false statements about illegal weapon possession in 2019, and an assault and battery case in 2021, has gained recognition for her involvement in high-profile cases.
The emergence of Liberty’s mugshot during the ongoing murder trial of YNW Melly has sparked attention and commentary from social media users. Some users expressed concerns about the potential impact of Liberty’s personal legal history on her representation of Melly.
One user wrote, “You know it’s a circus when the person representing you has their own mugshots released during your trial.”
Meanwhile, the double murder trial of YNW Melly continued on day six, resuming on June 21, 2023, at 9:34 AM ET.
On the fifth day of the YNW Melly double murder trial, which revolves around a 2018 alleged double homicide, a motion for mistrial filed by Melly’s defense team was denied. The trial has been ongoing in Florida since June 20, 2023. During the fourth day of the trial, the defense raised concerns after the prosecution presented evidence that Judge Murphy III had previously determined as inadmissible.
According to Law&Crime correspondent Terri Austin, defense attorney Stuart Adelstein informed her that Judge John Murphy III had issued a written order denying the mistrial motion on Friday. However, the order has not yet been uploaded to the public docket on the Broward County court website.
During the early morning proceedings on Tuesday, June 20, Judge Murphy called for a delayed start due to a dehydrated juror. Just before the court session was set to resume, a juror asked a bailiff about the status of the mistrial motion. The bailiff responded neutrally, without providing a definite answer.
Consequently, the juror was questioned by the judge regarding her knowledge of the motion.
The juror confirmed that she had inquired about the mistrial’s status and stated that she learned about it in court the previous week from a defense attorney. She explicitly denied encountering any information about the motion through media outlets, personal research, or discussions with fellow jurors.
Ultimately, both the prosecution and the defense reached an agreement, allowing the juror to remain on the jury and participate in the case’s deliberations. YNW Melly appeared in court, seemingly optimistic, before the judge’s decision on the mistrial motion. However, the motion was denied, leaving the rapper still facing the possibility of the death penalty if found guilty.
Meanwhile, amidst the ongoing trial, a mugshot of YNW Melly’s lawyer has been circulating on social media. The trial resumed for its sixth day at 9:35 AM ET, continuing to unfold with further proceedings and revelations.
The YNW Melly murder trial continues to captivate attention as the judge prepares to review controlling laws and cases over the weekend, deliberating on the defense’s motion for a mistrial. The week’s proceedings concluded with significant moments, including the intense testimony of state witness Felicia Holmes and the public scrutiny of YNW Melly’s conduct throughout the trial.
One particular aspect that drew criticism was YNW Melly’s behavior in court. On the third day of the trial, he was observed engaging in prayer, crossing himself, and following it with a kiss. Unfortunately, the victims’ family misinterpreted this act as disrespectful. On other occasions, he was seen laughing and smiling alongside his attorneys, which some viewed as inappropriate given the gravity of the situation.
“This serves as a perfect example of why defense attorneys often advise their clients against taking the stand because, from the moment they step foot in the courtroom, they are under intense scrutiny,” explains Afi Patterson, a legal contributor at SOHH.com.
Another significant highlight arose during the intense questioning of Felicia Holmes, the mother of YNW Melly’s ex-girlfriend, who was called as a state witness. Observers described the prosecutor’s approach toward her as “harassing” and questioned the appropriateness of Prosecutor Bradley’s threats of potential perjury. Holmes herself stated that she felt coerced into making the statement she provided on the fourth day of the trial.
“I believe her claim that she felt threatened by the state lends significant credibility, especially when it aligns with her assertion that her daughter was threatened with arrest,” states attorney Patterson.
The trial will resume in the week beginning June 20th, when the judge will make a decision regarding the potential mistrial. While a mistrial may appear as a short-term victory for YNW Melly, it could introduce future complications and fail to provide satisfaction to the victims’ family.
“I don’t view a mistrial as a victory,” remarks attorney Afi Patterson. “It is unfair to the victim, their families, the defendant, and all those who have lost sleep in preparing for this legal battle.”
The financial burden of the case can also be significant for the defendant, with costs ranging from $50,000 to $250,000, according to Patterson.
“Defendants usually only have one shot, so it’s upsetting when the prosecution breaches a rule and rings a bell in the jurors’ minds that can’t be unrung,” remarks Patterson. For many defendants, if the state decides to retry the case, they may have to rely on a public defender. “PD’s, while great trial lawyers, are not always provided the financial resources they need to zealously defend their clients,” adds Patterson.
As the YNW Melly murder trial progresses, legal professionals and the public remain keenly invested in the judge’s decision and the potential implications it holds for the case.
The murder trial of rapper YNW Melly reached its fourth day with various controversial moments and testimonies. While the trial proceeded, concerns were raised about the defendant’s behavior in the courtroom, including a gesture that offended the victim’s family. And revealing social media posts by witness, Felicia Holmes.
Testimonies from key witnesses, including Felicia Holmes, the mother of Melly’s ex-girlfriend. The trial took an unexpected turn as the judge considered the possibility of a mistrial, which will be discussed when the trial resumes on June 17th.
During the trial, YNW Melly’s behavior in the courtroom drew attention when he appeared to blow a kiss, offending the victim’s family. Journalist Bryson Paul clarified that the gesture was actually a recitation of a prayer that ended with a blown kiss. The victim’s family also spoke out against the presence of celebrities showing support for Melly.
The prosecution and defense contrasted their arguments regarding the nature of the crime. The defense is shaping the case as a drive-by shooting, while the prosecution argues that the incident was a staged, cold-blooded killing.
Key witnesses include Felicia Holmes, the mother of Melly’s ex-girlfriend. Holmes testified that she has a lack of memory regarding the events leading up to the murder in 2018. The prosecution claimed to have heard a phone call between Melly and Holmes’s daughter after the double murder, but Holmes stated she does not remember the phone number. She also admitted to receiving $5,000 from Melly’s manager, Jameson Francois, but denied it being for personal use. Prosecutors appeared to be hinting at the possibility of witness tampering.
Felicia Holmes accused the state of lying about ordering her to court and causing her to lose her nursing job. When presented with an Instagram message allegedly from her, she claimed not to recall it. The judge subsequently denied the use of certain evidence provided by the prosecution, leading to speculations of a weakening case.
Judge Murphy III is considering the possibility of a mistrial, taking the move under advisement. The trial will discuss the decision regarding a mistrial on June 20, when it resumes.
Updated by Yasmine Duhé on June 15th, 2023
YNW Melly May Still Face Death Penalty As Jury Deliberates
YNW Melly seemed to steer clear of death penalty charges, but fate dangles as a possibility. Previously, it appeared that he would avoid such a conviction, but a recent ruling by a judge has opened the door to a potential death sentence.
The judge ruled in favor of the state, stating that a death sentence could be possible if the jury voted 8-4 in favor of the death penalty. This legal development follows the implementation of a law created after the Parkland school shooter, Nikolas Cruz, managed to avoid the death penalty.
Cruz’s heinous act resulted in the loss of 17 lives and the injury of 14 others using an AR-15-style semi-automatic rifle.
Regarding YNW Melly’s case, his supporters continue to rally behind him. His mother took to Instagram, stating:
“Official update on @ynwmelly we started jury selection today and will continue over the next 2 weeks. Trial will start June 5, 2023, no more delays. #mellyfree2023.”
YNW Melly’s brother, YNW BSlime, also chimed in on his Instagram story, urging people to refrain from making ignorant comments by voicing, “Stop saying ignorant stuff and just watch ts play out please and thank u.”
YNW Melly’s Gang Affiliation
Since YNW Melly’s arrest in February 2019, he has faced charges of two counts of first-degree murder. The jury has been engaged in a back-and-forth battle, attempting to prove Melly’s alleged gang affiliation through photographs of his tattoos, which could potentially contribute to considering the death penalty.
Updated by Yasmine Duhé on June 6th, 2023
YNW Melly Dodges The Death Penalty
It was been announced that YNW Melly would not get the death penalty for the murder charge in 2019.
YNW Melly avoided being faced with the death penalty for the murder charge he went to jail for in 2019.
Melly’s management team announced the news on his Instagram account:
“Today Melly wins motion to remove death penalty against prosecution”