YNW Melly has been locked up on charges of murder since February 2019 for killing his crew members YNW Juvy and YNW Sakchaser. The forensic and DNA evidence against him is substantial, but the trial keeps getting pushed back.
As Melly awaits for the trial to finally begin, his visitation rights have been restricted because another inmate accused Melly of hoarding multiple shanks and pipe bombs.
Melly's legal team is attempted to have the ban lifted. They argue that the evidence that Melly had the contraband was flimsy.
“On or around late March 2022, another inmate filed a grievance alleging that Mr. Demons was in possession of shanks and pipe bombs. In response correction personnel conducted a search of the entire dorm, at which time Mr. Demons was found with one (1) writing utensil and potato chips. However, another inmate on the dorm was found in possession of shanks, prescription drugs and other contraband," they argued in a filing to the judge. “Despite Mr. Demons not having any relationship with this inmate, Mr. Demons and his attorneys have been restricted from having customary visits due to the discovery of contraband in the possession of the third-party inmate. Over five (5)months have passed, which is more than enough time for the facility housing Mr. Demons to make a determination regarding the allegations set forth in the grievance.”
Still no word on when the trial will start. Melly is facing life in prison after the death penalty was taken off the table on a procedural issue.