YNW Melly’s attorney says an alleged murder confession is really just lyrics from a Kevin Gates song.
Prosecutors working Melly’s double homicide case point to a video that they say is a key piece of evidence showing how the Florida rapper is guilty of murdering two friends back in 2018. A short video, initially presented as part of the prosecution’s argument against the bond release of co-defendant YNW Bortlen, allegedly includes a confession by Melly, according to prosecutor Kristine Bradley.
The clip was recorded one month after the murders of YNW Juvy and YNW Sakchaser, and includes Melly saying, “There’s no regrets for the shit that I did for that n**ga to die, both of them never say when.”
Prosecutor Bradley remarked in 2019 that this is a key piece of evidence against Melly.
And so he says, ‘And there’s no regrets for the shit that I did,’ including the derogatory [word] that I refuse to use for African-Americans. And he then takes the pen and puts it to his head in the shape of a gun, like pulling the trigger, throws up a Blood gang sign, and then he says both of them never say when. So the interesting part of this video is it was one month to the day after the shootings occurred on October 26th.
Fast forward to the latest episode of the “Infamous: The Story of YNW Melly” podcast from Complex and Spotify. Melly attorney Raven Liberty issued an exclusive statement to the podcast and said Melly was simply reciting Gates lyrics from his “4:30am” single, released back in 2013.
The Gates song includes the lyric, “No regrets for the shit I did, that also means for the n**gas I killed.” The hook continues, “4:30am, never say when.”
Liberty blasted the prosecution and said offering this clip as evidence is nothing more than “cultural ignorance, a lack of investigative rigor, or purposeful deception.”
Liberty noted how “violent imagery of this nature” has been heard in the music released by hundreds of artists over the years, such as Queen and Johnny Cash, adding that this was an “avoidable mistake” by the prosecution.
Melly and Bortlen are accused of murdering their former crew-mates YNW Juvy (Christopher Thomas Jr.) and YNW Sakchaser (Anthony Williams) in the fall of 2018. It’s alleged that they drove around with the two bodies in a car while they tried to think of a story to explain their deaths, finally deciding to drop them off at an emergency room and telling staff that they were killed in a drive-by. Police investigated the claim and discovered forensic evidence that suggested something else. Police believe that Melly and Bortlen shot up the car to stage the drive-by.
Melly and Bortlen were arrested for the murders in February 2019, but they have maintained their innocence since then. If convicted of the murders, they are facing the death penalty.
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