YNW MELLY May Still Face Death Penatly If He Is Convicted With Murder - WhatsOnRap

UPDATE: Court Now Sides with Prosecutors in YNW Melly’s case. The Death Penalty is Back on the Table for him...

Whenever YNW Melly is convicted in his double murder case after the death sentence was earlier ruled out, he might still face the death penalty.

According to Billboard, a Florida appeals court ruled at a hearing on Wednesday (November 9) that prosecutors could seek the death penalty for Melly If he is convicted in the October 2018 murders of his two friends YNW Sakchaser (Anthony Williams) and YNW Juvy (Christopher Thomas Jr).

The District Court of Appeal of Florida overruled Judge Andrew Siegel's finding from the summer, in which he claimed prosecutors couldn't apply the death penalty against Melly because they "failed to give Melly and his attorney's proper notice that they planned to do so."

“We find that the state complied with its statutory obligations when it filed its notice of intent to seek the death penalty within 45 days of arraignment,” Judge Spencer D. Levine wrote when reinstating the death penalty option. “The fact that the state filed a superseding indictment, requiring a second arraignment, does not vitiate the already filed and timely notice of intent. Notice is notice.”

The death penalty clause is anticipated to be addressed by Florida's Supreme Court later this year, so this is simply a provisional order. "[We] look forward to the opportunity to argue our position before the justices," Melly's attorney Phillip Horrowitz told Billboard, admitting he was "disappointed by the verdict."
YNW Melly has been held without bond after being arrested on double-murder accusations by Miramar Police in February 2019.

YNW Melly has pled not guilty and has kept his innocence. He still does not have a formal trial date, which was delayed again in July.