YNW Melly’s Release Date May Never Come, Death Penalty Becomes a High Possibility

YNW Melly has been incarcerated since 2019 while awaiting trial for murder. A new rule has made it easier for the jury to impose the death penalty.

From noted collaborator and friend of Kanye West to potentially facing the death penalty, Florida rapper YNW Melly‘s career in the music industry was cut short when he was arrested in 2019.

While he was incarcerated, his hit single “Murder on My Mind” went quadruple platinum, and his fan base has only swelled in size as time has gone on.

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With so many people paying attention to his music, the question among his fans remains: What exactly happened to YNW Melly and when is he going to be free? Here’s everything we know, including where YNW Melly is now.

YNW Melly was jailed in 2019 after being charged with two counts of first-degree murder.

Per Pitchfork, police arrested Melly on Feb. 13, 2019. He was charged on two counts of first-degree murder for killing two of his friends, YNW Juvy and YNW Sakchaser. He potentially faces the death penalty.

Another friend, YNW Bortlen, allegedly staged the incident to look like a drive-by shooting, where Bortlen and Melly were lucky to be alive.

In December 2018, a documentary about Melly and his friends was released on Melly’s YouTube page. The text at the end of the documentary reads, “Four days after the completion of this film, YNW Melly and his friends were the targets of a drive-by shooting in Miami, Fla. YNW Juvy and YNW Sakchaser were killed.”

Melly was charged with the murders of his two friends. The court charged Bortlen for staging the shooting as a drive-by. Melly reportedly shot both Juvy and Sakchaser in the car, and before police arrived, they allegedly shot the car on the outside to make it more believable.

Where is YNW Melly now?

After the charges were brought against Melly, he pleaded not guilty. At of the time of writing, he is in custody at Broward County Jail in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. while he awaits trial.

This wasn’t YNW Melly’s first arrest.

YNW Melly’s first real run-in with law enforcement came in 2015 in his hometown of Gifford, Fla. Melly, who was 16, was charged with three counts of aggravated assault and firing a gun in front of three other students near a high school. He spent a year in jail.

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Getting locked up was the inspiration for the 2017 single “Murder on My Mind” — a song which he would later claim was used against him by law enforcement.

On Melly’s 18th birthday in 2017, he posted on Facebook, “I apologize to all my fans … I’ll be locked up in level 6 program for six months, I was sentenced on my 18th birthday May 1, 2017, due to negative music. Just know I did it for y’all I’ll be back shortly.” Almost two months later, he posted another message, telling followers, “Turning myself in today.”

Melly later told Billboard that during this time, he was on probation and in and out of jail “at least six or seven times then.” He said he was jailed for “little s–t” — but there were also reportedly gun and drug charges.

When will YNW Melly be free? Here’s a case update.

Melly is still incarcerated in Florida and even fought off a case of COVID-19 behind bars, per Billboard. However, unlike other prisoners who were allowed to leave prison facilities due to COVID threats at the height of the pandemic, he was denied release.

Jury selection for Melly’s case began in April 2023, and trial is expected to begin sometime in June. Although the death penalty was initially dropped in July 2022, per XXL Magazine, it was proposed again a few months later. And while the death penalty is rarely used to punish an offender for their crimes (only 1,363 executions in the U.S. have been conducted through lethal injection since 1976), it seems more of a possibility in Melly’s murder case.

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On June 5, 2023, XXL Magazine confirmed that Broward Circuit Judge John Murphy voted in favor of implementing a new rule that allows juries to recommend the death penalty with an 8-4 vote. Previously, the court required that all 12 jurors agreed on the punishment. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis was one to back the statute following the verdict in Parkland High School shooter Nikolas Cruz’s case.

While court proceedings have taken quite a while to come to fruition, it’s clear that the rapper still believes in he’s innocent and thinks that he will be a free man by the end of 2023. In May 2023, Melly shared a photo of him appearing in court via Instagram with the hashtag #YnwMellyHome2023. The post received significant support from his fans and followers, many of which pleaded for his freedom.

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