Opening statements in the double murder retrial for rapper YNW Melly are delayed once again at the request of the rapper’s legal team.
Broward Circuit Court Judge John Murphy granted Melly’s legal counsel an extension in their preparation for their defense.
The retrial was originally scheduled to resume in February but court records indicate that Murphy has now scheduled a new trial date for March 5. The case is currently in the jury selection phase.
Earlier this month, prosecutors entered more than 55 songs into evidence, with the intent to use the lyrics to such songs as “Murder on My Mind” against the Florida rapper when the jury trial finally commences.
Melly’s attorney, Raven Liberty, has tried to block the rapper’s lyrics being used as evidence in his retrial.
“To receive something this late in the game is just part and parcel of what they’ve been doing the entire time,” Liberty said, adding that the state attorney’s office had assured Demons’ defense team three years ago that lyrics would not be used against him.
YNW Melly, whose legal name is Jamell Demons, is accused of two counts of first-degree murder in the killings Christopher “YNW Juvy” Thomas and Anthony “YNW Sakchaser” Williams in Miramar in 2018, and then conspiring to make it look like a drive-by shooting.
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