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Detailed Look at YNW Melly’s Trial Progression So Far

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The ongoing trial of YNW Melly, the young rapper accused of the double murder of his best friends YNW Juvy and YNW Sakchaser, has reached a crucial stage. Here's a summary of what has happened so far in the trial.

Broward County Jail, Florida – The trial of resumed on Monday, July 17th, 2023, with a striking revelation during the cross-examination of the lead detective who investigated the case. The detective admitted to having threatened several witnesses connected to the case. This revelation has sparked concerns about the credibility and fairness of the investigation.

On Tuesday, July 18th, in court, Judge John Murphy III questioned YNW Melly about his right to testify in his own defense. The rapper firmly stated, “I will not testify.” This decision indicated that he would not take the stand during the trial.


During the trial, emotional testimony came from Adrian Davis, a friend of YNW Melly, who described how the rapper broke down in tears upon learning about the deaths of his best friends, YNW Juvy and YNW Sakchaser, in 2018. Davis testified that both he and YNW Melly received the devastating news simultaneously, and the rapper immediately reached out to his loved ones to share the heartbreaking news.

On Thursday, July 20th, the trial entered its decisive phase with both the state and the defense resting their cases on Tuesday. During the state's closing argument, prosecutor Kristine Bradley asserted that the evidence pointed towards YNW Melly's premeditated plan to murder his best friends. The prosecution highlighted that this was not a drive-by shooting, but instead a meticulously planned crime.


The state presented additional evidence from crime scene investigators and data scientists, using information from the FBI's Cellular Analysis Survey Team (CAST), to support their claims. They argued that YNW Melly was a member of the violent G-Shine Bloods gang and had driven with YNW Bortlen to a secluded area near the Everglades to execute the killings.

The defense countered the gang allegations, stating that Snoop Dogg continues to throw gang signs to this day because he believes it boosts his , and that's the main reason behind it.

Video footage showed YNW Melly saying a prayer before the lead prosecutor began her closing argument. The state alleged that the rapper staged the murders as a drive-by shooting to mislead investigators.


The prosecution also presented data from CAST, which they believed showed YNW Melly's movements on the night of the deadly shooting. They claimed that the data indicated his path from the recording studio with YNW Juvy and YNW Sakchaser, followed by his journey to a remote area where the state believed he staged the drive-by shooting.

In response, the defense maintained that YNW Melly's phone was a communal phone used by his friends as well, suggesting that the phone's movement might not accurately reflect the rapper's location at the time of the crime.


The trial has not been without controversy, as evidenced by the statement from YNW Juvy's family attorney, John Phillips. He expressed concerns about harassment and threats related to the case and pointed out that they were focused on the civil case for Christopher Thomas (Juvy). They sought to separate the criminal and civil cases while seeking justice for what they perceived as an egregious and malicious wrongful death.

During the state's closing argument, Prosecutor Kristine Bradley took the opportunity to thank the jurors for their commitment to the trial and outlined her intention to piece together all the evidence and testimonies to prove YNW Melly's guilt in first-degree murder.

Closing arguments for YNW Melly were presented today, and tomorrow (July 21), the jury will begin their deliberations to decide on the rapper's fate. Throughout the trial, there has been an immense amount of attention and interest from the public. The state's lawyers worked hard to convince the jury that YNW Melly meticulously planned the murder and acted with intent, while the defense offered a different perspective.

Now, we must patiently wait to learn the jury's decision, which holds immense significance for YNW Melly and the families of the victims. The trial has been emotionally charged and filled with sorrow, making the jury's choice a critical one. We hope that the jury will carefully consider all the evidence and make a fair and just verdict.


In a notable decision, the judge ruled that the jury must be sequestered during the deliberation process, ensuring they remain isolated from external influences. Additionally, the judge stated that the jury might deliberate through the weekend if they do not reach a verdict by the end of Friday.

As we await the jury's decision, we acknowledge the gravity of this trial and the impact it has had on all those involved. Whatever the outcome, the aftermath will undoubtedly shape the lives of YNW Melly and the families affected by this tragic event. Our thoughts are with them during this difficult time, and we hope that justice is served.

Written by: Silvia Tine

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