YNW Melly Hit With New Charges Amid Witness Tampering Allegations

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YNW Melly is now facing six new charges in connection to alleged witness tampering within his double homicide trial. According to journalist Bryson “Boom” Paul and NBC6 Miami, the rapper, codefendant Cortlen “YNW Bortlen” Henry, and a third man, Terrence Mathis, were hit with the charges as part of a five-page, seven count information document.

The crimes the three men are accused of include directing the activities of a criminal gang, unlawful use of a two-way communication device as well as solicitation and conspiracy to commit tampering. The filing was one of Alixandra Buckelew’s first moves since replacing Kristine Bradley, who was recused from the case at the defense’s request, as prosecutor.

Buckelew, who famously helped convict the men responsible for the murder of late rapper XXXTentacion, handed down the charges against Melly, Henry, and Mathison on Wednesday (Oct. 18).

YNW Melly Mugshot
In this handout photo provided by the Broward’s Sheriff’s Office, rapper YNW Melly, real name Jamell Demons, is seen in a police booking photo after being charged with two counts of murder in the first degree February 13, 2019 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

On Tuesday (Oct. 17), Melly appeared at a court hearing in Broward County to determine whether there would be a delay of the rapper’s looming trial due to the prosecutorial change. While the state requested a delay in order to have more time to prepare for the trial, Melly’s lawyers disagreed, citing their client’s right to a speedy trial. The judge ruled that the trial that the trial would continue to move forward, with the jury selection process scheduled to begin on Wednesday (Oct. 18)

Melly and Henry are charged in the 2018 double murder of 21-year-old Anthony “YNW Sakchaser” Williams and 19-year-old Christopher “YNW Juvy” Thomas in Florida. In July, Melly’s first trial for the double homicide ended in a mistrial, with jurors unable to come to a verdict of the rapper’s innocence or guilt.

Jury selection for YNW Melly’s retrial is expected to take several weeks.

YNW Melly In Court
YNW Melly In Court

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