YNW Melly's Double-Murder Trial Continues

YNW Melly's Double-Murder Trial Continues

YNW Melly's Double-Murder Trial Continues

The trial of rapper YNW Melly, who is facing two counts of first-degree murder in the October 2018 shooting deaths of his friends and fellow rappers Anthony Williams and Christopher Thomas Jr., continued on Thursday, June 15. The defense presented its case, calling several witnesses to the stand, including Melly's mother and a friend of the victims.

The defense's case is centered on the theory that Williams and Thomas were killed in a botched robbery. The defense has argued that Melly was not involved in the shooting, and that he was actually trying to help Williams and Thomas when they were shot.

The defense's first witness was Melly's mother, Jamie Demons-King. Demons-King testified that her son is a loving and caring person, and that he would never hurt anyone. She also testified that Melly was with her on the night of the shooting, and that he could not have been the shooter.

The defense also called a friend of Williams and Thomas to the stand. The friend testified that Williams and Thomas were carrying a large amount of cash when they met with Melly and his co-defendant, YNW Bortlen, on the night of the shooting. The friend said that Williams and Thomas were never seen alive again after that.

The prosecution is expected to cross-examine the defense's witnesses on Friday, June 16. The trial is expected to last several weeks. If convicted, Melly faces a possible death sentence.

Background

YNW Melly, whose real name is Jamell Demons, was arrested in February 2019 and charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the October 2018 shooting deaths of Williams and Thomas. Melly and Bortlen were both 19 years old at the time of the shootings.

The prosecution alleges that Melly and Bortlen shot Williams and Thomas in their car after a dispute over money. The prosecution also alleges that Melly and Bortlen staged the scene of the crime to make it look like a drive-by shooting.

Melly has pleaded not guilty to the charges. He has denied any involvement in the shootings, and he has said that he is innocent.

The trial is being held in Broward County, Florida. The judge is Judge John Murphy.