YNW Melly’s attorney, David Howard, filed a motion for a mistrial in the ongoing trial in which his client is charged with murder.
Howard expressed concern about Felicia Holmes, the mother of YNW Melly’s ex-Mariah Hamilton, giving a highly prejudicial testimony earlier in the proceedings. By questioning Holmes in such a manner, Howard argued that the prosecution “tainted” the jury.
As a result of the 2018 murders of YNW Juvy and YNW Sakchaser, YNW Melly, whose real name is Jamell Demons, is on trial and faces the death penalty if convicted.
As part of the hearing on Thursday, Judge John Murphy declared Holmes was a hostile witness at one point in the proceedings when she was being questioned by prosecutors.
According to Holmes, she felt threatened by Kristine Bradley, who was the assistant state attorney at the time.
Prosecutors appeared to suggest that YNW Melly had engaged in witness tampering, according to multiple news sources reporting on the case. Subsequently, it was revealed that Holmes had received $5,000 from the manager of YNW Melly by her own admission. Despite this, she said that it was not for her personal use.
Holmes stated during the proceedings that the state wrecked her life, and prosecutors lied about a subpoena, clearly outlining that she did not wish to be in court.
In next week’s court session, Judge Murphy will consider YNW Melly’s motion for a mistrial. The court is on recess until Tuesday, June 20.
Check out a summary of the court proceedings so far below: