Rapper YNW Melly Charged with Witness Tampering Ahead of Retrial on Double Murder Charges

Rapper YNW Melly Charged with Witness Tampering Ahead of Retrial on Double Murder Charges

Florida prosecutors have filed witness tampering charges against rapper YNW Melly as he prepares for his retrial on double murder charges. The charges allege that Melly ensured a key witness did not testify during his first murder trial, which ended in a hung jury. Prosecutors claim that Melly, who is said to be affiliated with the Bloods street gang, used phone calls and letters to communicate with gang members and prevent the witness from testifying.

Melly’s attorneys, James Benjamin and Daniel Aaronson, have accused Broward County State Attorney Harold Pryor and lead prosecutor Kristine Bradley of conspiring to hide evidence that the lead detective in the murder investigation may have lied in a related case. They have requested the charges be dismissed or new prosecutors be assigned from outside the county. A hearing on these motions is scheduled for Friday.

YNW Melly, whose legal name is Jamell Demons, faces potential first-degree murder charges for the 2018 killings of his childhood friends, Christopher “YNW Juvy” Thomas and Anthony “YNW Sakchaser” Williams. Prosecutors allege that Melly shot the victims inside an SUV and attempted to stage the crime as a drive-by shooting with the help of Cortlen “YNW Bortlen” Henry.

Jury selection for Melly’s retrial is set to begin next week, with opening statements expected in early November. If convicted, Melly could face a possible death sentence. He is currently held without bond.

Melly gained popularity with his hit song “Murder on My Mind,” which reached No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2019.

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