Rapper YNW Melly’s retrial is once again being pushed back.
Broward Circuit Court Judge John Murphy granted prosecutors’ request, giving the state three extra weeks. Opening arguments are expected to begin February 5, instead of the originally rescheduled date in January. This means that YNW Melly will have to remain behind bars until then and his mother was devastated about the thought.
“I’m sorry, kid [teary eyed emoji][broken heart emoji]” she wrote on her Instagram Stories on Tuesday (November 14).
Prosecutors Alixandra Buckelew, Taylor Collins, and Justin Griffis cited recent developments in the case, including the removal of lead prosecutor Kristine Bradley and witness tampering charges against the controversial Florida rapper.
Assistant State Attorney Kristine Bradley was removed because she had gone from working as a “zealous advocate for the state” to being “personally invested in the outcome of the case.”
Assistant State Attorney Michelle Boutros testified that she overheard Miramar Police Detective Mark Moretti, lead investigator in the case against the rapper, ask a Broward County deputy to lie about being present when he executed a search warrant outside his jurisdiction.
The judge did not find that Bradley’s integrity had been compromised but agreed that she could not serve as a prosecutor on the case if the defense were preparing to call her as a witness concerning the credibility of one of the investigators.
Originally scheduled to begin on October 9, Melly’s trial has been held up by motions from both sides, though the bulk of pending paperwork has come from the defense.
YNW Melly is accused of conspiring with YNW Bortlen in October 2018 to kill their two friends, YNW Juvy (Christopher Thomas Jr.) and YNW Sakchaser (Anthony Williams), and stage their deaths as a drive-by shooting. If Melly is convicted, he could face the death penalty.
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