Don’t count him out yet… Jailed Florida rap star YNW Melly has scored a mistrial in his 1st-degree double-murder case. On Saturday, a Broward County jury told the judge they were hopelessly deadlocked.
The Miami Herald reported the jury informed judge John Murphy by saying, “We are still unable to reach a unanimous decision.” The jury only deliberated for a total of three days but ran into trouble almost immediately.
On Friday, the jury foreperson sent the judge a note asking for clarification as to what they should do if they could not come to a verdict.
Melly, whose real name is Jamell Demons, now 24 years old, let out an audible sigh of relief with a tempered smile as the judge explained he was declaring a mistrial. Judge Murphy then told the jurors, “We appreciate the fact you were here and ready to serve.”
A mistrial doesn’t mean the “Murder On My Mind” artist is off the hook just yet, as the prosecution will likely seek a new trial. Until then, Demons will probably remain behind bars because of the severity of his charges.
Prosecutors have made it clear they will push for the death penalty if they can secure a conviction in the case.
Demons stands accused of killing his longtime friends and YNW crew members, Anthony Williams and Christopher Thomas Jr., in a gruesome, staged drive-by shooting on October 26th, 2018.
Demons and his associate, Cortland Henry, aka YNW Bortlen, would eventually bring the bloodied, dead corpses of Williams and Thomas into the Emergency Room themselves, in an alleged attempt to cover up their heinous crimes.
Prosecutors say Henry was the driver that night. They also accuse him of helping Demons stage the drive-by shooting by riddling the vehicle with bullets, after which they drove the bodies out to the Florida Everglades. Henry will face charges at a separate trial.
Authorities quickly honed in on Demons as a prime suspect in the following days, reasoning the rapper’s motives had to do with his own gang aspirations.
It’s important to note, the state of Florida still does not have a murder weapon in the case against Jamell Demons. In addition, much of the prosecution’s strongest DNA evidence was thrown out on technicalities.
Until the next time it drips…