The trial for YNW Melly has finally begun. The Florida rapper is facing double murder charges and may also face the death penalty if convicted.
YNW Melly’s lawyer, David Howard, called the prosecution’s investigation “incompetent and incomplete,” and insisted that his client had no reason to kill his friends.
“After four years of investigation, the state comes and says, ‘Hey, he killed two of his best friends.’ And you’re wondering why, and their answer is, ‘Uh, I dunno.’ That’s the first indication that they’re just guessing and don’t know what they’re talking about,” Howard argued in court, per Miami New Times.
Prosecutors claim they have sufficient evidence, and have reportedly gathered blood splatter evidence, phone data, and a bullet casing in a car the rapper was driving in. Melly claimed they were killed in a drive-by but prosecutors say there isn’t any evidence to support that.
“The detectives from Miramar … shut down the entire length of Miramar Parkway from 160th to 172nd. They walk side-by-side for an hour, that mile-long stretch, looking for evidence of this drive-by … In this case, the lack of evidence is very important,” prosecutor Kristine Bradley said. “There is a lack of any evidence whatsoever to support that a drive-by happened on Miramar Parkway.”
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