Last Friday, YNW Melly‘s lawyers filed a motion for his release on bond, according to court documents obtained by Complex. In the document, the rapper’s attorney asserts his client is not a flight risk, and that “He knew what the charges were pending against him and he still chose to self-surrender.”
The Florida rapper could be facing the death penalty, Billboard reports. He is currently serving time inside Broward County Jail in Florida on double murder charges and prosecutors are said to be seeking capital punishment.
In March, the 19-year-old rapper pleaded not guilty to the first-degree murders of YNW crew members and supposed friends, Anthony “YNW Sakchaser” Williams and Christopher “YNW Juvy” Thomas. Melly is also accused of staging the scene to make it look like a drive-by shooting. Floridian prosecutors are said to believe these crimes were premeditated and executed for financial purposes.
Jason Roger Williams, Melly’s lawyer (who also represented Boosie Badazz), told Billboard that the prosecution had always been forthcoming about the death penalty being a potential outcome.
“That was always their plan. They’ve indicated that since the beginning of this case. The prosecution wasn’t hiding the ball on this. They were very clear in articulating this was their plan.”