The double-murder trial of rapper YNW Melly, who rose to prominence in 2018 with his catchy hit “Murder on My Mind,” began Monday at a state hearing.
Rapper YNW Melly’s double-murder trial attorney tried to block the testimony of the mother of one of the victims
Melly, whose real name is Jamel Demons, 24, is said to have shot dead childhood friends Anthony Williams and Christopher Thomas Jr. after spending the night at a Fort Lauderdale recording studio on October 26, 2018, in a drive-by cover-up. Chris Thomas, 20, known as YNW Juvie, and Anthony Williams, 21, known as YNW Successor. A co-defendant, Cortlen Henry, better known as YNW Bortlen, has also been charged with murder.
A jury in Broward County Florida, was brought to court after the state and the defense disputed jurisdiction over who would identify the deceased
The state wants Thomas’ mother to be identified. The defense objected, arguing that the possible testimony of the deceased man’s mother would likely unduly influence the jury. In opening arguments Monday District Attorney Christine Bradley filed a state lawsuit against the rapper focusing on video, ballistics, and cell phone evidence, staging a run-in with Melly shooting a friend in her car. Bradley said investigators found spent shell casings in the Jeep, proving that a gun had been fired inside the vehicle.