The closing arguments for YNW Melly’s murder trial in Broward County began on Thursday.
YNW Melly, whose real name is Jamell “Melly” Demons, is accused of killing Christopher “Juvy” Thomas Jr. and Anthony “Sakchaser” Williams four years ago in Miramar. If he is found guilty, he could be sentenced to the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole.
On Thursday, prosecutor Kristin Bradley told the jury: “I think it is safe to say that Felicia Holmes hates me… And I’m okay with that. Miss Holmes did everything she could to not perjure herself.” She was referring to Holmes, YNW Melly’s ex-girlfriend’s mother, who reportedly created a “fiasco” in court during the fourth day of his client’s murder trial.
Last month, Melly’s attorney, David Howard, has raised a motion for a mistrial in his client’s murder trial on citing concerns about the “highly prejudicial” testimony of Holmes, the mother of Mariah Hamilton. He claimed prosecutors “tainted” the jury with their questioning of Holmes. “This jury sat there and watched this fiasco unfold with at least 10, maybe 15 sidebars, after every two questions,” Howard said.
Judge John Murphy had also declared Holmes a hostile witness when she was questioned by prosecutors. Holmes, on the other hand, claimed she felt threatened by Bradley. “You lied to the court,” Holmes said regarding being served papers. “You intimidated me this whole time.”
Who is Kristin Bradley?
Kristin Bradley is an associate in the Palo Alto office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. According to the firm’s website, “Kristin was a staff member on the Review of Law and Social Justice Journal at the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law. Additionally, Kristin competed with the Gould Trademark Moot Court team at the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition. Kristin also gained hands-on experience as a student representative in the Gould Immigration Clinic.”