(Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) - Attorneys for YNW Melly asked a Broward judge today to release the local rapper on bond while he awaits re-trial in his double murder case. The 24-year-old rapper, whose real name is Jamell Demons, faces two charges of first-degree murder and his first trial ended with a hung jury.
Leondra Phillips is still grieving over the death of her 19-year-old son who was murdered in 2018. She told the court not to grant the 24-year-old rapper, whose real name is Jamell Demons, bond. She said she fears for the safety of herself and her family.
Melly's attorneys argued that their client is presumed innocent especially after the first jury was unable to render a verdict. They also pointed out that he has strong ties to the community and no passport. They asked that the court consider a bond agreement allowing for house arrest and a GPS tracker.
Melly's re-trial is set to begin Oct. 9 with jury selection. He has pleaded not guilty and faces a possible death sentence if convicted.