In a stunning turn of events, YNW Melly’s highly-watched double murder trial has come to a halt with a declared mistrial. The announcement was made by Judge John Murphy at 2:12 p.m. ET on Saturday (June 22), leaving everyone in shock.
According to Law & Crime, the jury deliberated diligently until 5:00 p.m. ET on Friday (June 21) before adjourning for the day. The following morning, they resumed their discussions at 8:52 a.m. ET on Saturday (June 22).
Despite their persistent efforts, the jury was unable to reach a majority verdict. In legal terms, this is referred to as a “deadlocked jury,” wherein they fail to reach a decision by the required voting margin, which, in this case, requires eight or more jurors to agree on the judgment.
The Cornell University School of Law explains that judges strive to avoid a deadlocked jury and might even issue a “dynamite charge” to prompt them to reach a verdict. However, if all efforts prove fruitless, a mistrial is eventually declared.
It is crucial to note that a mistrial does not necessarily mean freedom for YNW Melly. The possibility of a retrial looms large now that the mistrial has occurred.
According to the Fully Informed Jury Association, in the eyes of the law, the trial essentially “never happened,” leaving YNW Melly neither acquitted nor convicted. This means the protection provided by the Fifth Amendment, including the prohibition of double jeopardy (i.e., being retried for the same crime), does not apply in this situation.
The outcome of YNW Melly’s fate remains uncertain, as it is not yet clear whether his attorney will make a motion to the court regarding his potential release.
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