Defense Attorneys Accuse South Florida Prosecutors of Obstruction in Rapper YNW Melly’s Murder Case

Defense Attorneys Accuse South Florida Prosecutors of Obstruction in Rapper YNW Melly’s Murder Case

Defense attorneys representing rapper YNW Melly, whose legal name is Jamell Demons, have accused South Florida prosecutors of felony obstruction of justice in his double-murder case. The defense alleges that the lead detective in the case, Mark Moretti, had previously been accused of being willing to lie while gathering evidence. Attorneys for Melly have requested the removal of the Broward State Attorney’s Office from the case and potentially the dismissal of the charges.

During a hearing on Friday, Assistant State Attorney Michelle Boutros testified that she overheard Detective Moretti ask a Broward County deputy to lie about being present during the execution of a search warrant outside his jurisdiction. The search warrant was related to a witness tampering investigation and involved the seizure of a phone from Demons’ mother. Defense attorney Jamie Benjamin argued that this information should have been disclosed to the defense during Melly’s recent murder trial, which ended in a hung jury in July.

Prosecutors claim that the exchange between Moretti and the deputy was a joke, emphasizing that an attorney for Demons’ mother was present during the seizure of her phone and would have known the deputy was not present. Assistant State Attorney Kristine Bradley, the lead prosecutor on the case, testified that the deputy responded flippantly when questioned about being in the room during the execution of the warrant.

The defense’s request for the removal of the Broward State Attorney’s Office and the potential dismissal of the case has led to a delay in jury selection for Melly’s retrial. The judge has scheduled hearings for next week to address the obstruction allegations.

YNW Melly, whose stage name includes “YNW” as part of a hip-hop collective, faces a possible death sentence if convicted of first-degree murder in the 2018 slayings of his childhood friends, Christopher “YNW Juvy” Thomas and Anthony “YNW Sakchaser” Williams. Prosecutors allege that Melly shot Thomas and Williams inside an SUV after a late-night recording session and attempted to stage the crime scene as a drive-by shooting. Melly remains in jail without bond.

 

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