YNW Melly has found himself in a tricky predicament as new footage of the rapper attempting to duck authorities in a strange manner has surfaced during his double murder trial.
On Monday (July 10), during the 12th day of his trial, prosecutors presented video footage of the Florida rapper filming himself as he attempted to squeeze inside a suitcase.
“My name is Melly, and I’m going to turn myself in,” the “Murder on My Mind” rhymer can be heard whispering in the video (via the Law & Crime Network). “But I’m in a suitcase because these crackers are arresting me, and I want to get on a private jet so they don’t see me.”
The self-recorded clip was the last file found on his phone prior to turning himself in. Though, it is important to point out that the footage was not shown to jurors.
Video played in court Monday shows @YNWMelly claiming he’s going to turn himself in while allegedly hiding inside a suitcase. “My name is Melly and I’m going to turn myself in,” the rapper whispered. This video was not shown to the jury. pic.twitter.com/W6cyv7Hxe3
— Law&Crime Network (@LawCrimeNetwork) July 10, 2023
Earlier this week, the rapper’s mother Jamie King, found herself a topic of discussion, when YNW Melly’s defense team raised concerns about her safety prior to testimony resuming as the jury returned from a week-long hiatus.
According to Law & Crime reporter Terri Austin, the sister of YNW Juvy — one of two associates alleged to have been killed by Melly in October 2018 — threatened Melly’s mother on social media. Though it’s unclear the severity of the threats.
“Earlier this morning outside the presence of the jury, Defense counsel said that Juvy’s sister posted online that she would attack Jamie King,” Austin wrote on Twitter. “Jamie now has a body guard. Wow.”
In response, Judge John Murphy offered to provide additional security to King if needed, although the court determined that one bodyguard was enough protection for now.
Further, the prosecution’s final two witnesses took the stand this week, which seemed to be damning for the rapper, as Treveon Miliak Glass testified he’d seen YNW Melly in “different clothes” following the murders of Christopher “YNW Juvy” Thomas Jr. and Anthony “YNW Sakchaser” Williams, Local10.com reported.
“We were supposed to have a 12-hour session,” said Glass, referring to the meeting he was slated to have with Melly at the New Era Recording Studios in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
But according to Glass, he’d fallen asleep as the night drew on — only to be awoken by his phone alerting him of the shootings. When Glass arrived at Fredo Bang‘s house, he spotted YNW Melly, and “he wasn’t wearing the same clothes.”
Weeks prior, YNW Melly’s camp suffered a legal setback when crime scene detective Sgt. Christopher Williams — who was called to the witness stand by the prosecution — determined that the fatal bullets that killed the YNW members came from inside the vehicle they were riding in, not outside.
“The shooting happened from somebody inside the car,” Williams said as he recreated the crime scene for the jury. He added “the angles” of the projectiles going into the victims’ bodies “do not change,” and that he likely missed these details the first time around because he had been testing the scene for a drive-by.
Sgt. Williams went on to say that Juvy was shot in the head at close range from the left in the “middle of his cheek” while he was facing forward.
“Part of the wound had an abrasion ring on it,” he said of the entrance wound, citing the “tattoo of the stippling” as evidence.
YNW Melly was arrested and charged with two counts of premeditated murder in 2019 and faces life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. If convicted, he could get the death penalty.