One Year Ago: YNW Melly Double Murder Trial Began – Hip Hop History Today

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    The Ongoing Trial of YNW Melly: A Look Back and Current Status

    The highly publicized double murder trial of rapper YNW Melly, whose real name is Jamell Demons, began on this date in 2023. Melly was charged with the premeditated murders of his fellow crew members, Anthony D’Andre Williams (YNW Sakchaser) and Christopher Jermaine Thomas Jr. (YNW Juvy). The case dates back to October 2018 when Melly and Cortlen Malik Henry allegedly shot and killed Williams and Thomas in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

    The trial gained national attention not only because of Melly’s music, particularly his song “Murder On My Mind”, but also because he could potentially face the death penalty if convicted. The trial took a surprising turn on July 22, 2023, when Judge John Murphy declared a mistrial due to a deadlocked jury. The jury was split 9-to-3 in favor of convicting Melly on lesser charges of manslaughter.

    As of June 2024, there is still no verdict in the YNW Melly case. The retrial has been put on hold due to an appeal filed by prosecutors regarding the admissibility of a documentary film as evidence. The delay has left the case in limbo, with no clear timeline on when the retrial will resume or when a verdict will be reached. The case continues to captivate the public as they await the final outcome of this high-profile trial.