Jamell Demons aka Rapper YNW Melly Tested Positive for Coronavirus, Files for release
Incarcerated rapper YNW Melly has tested positive for coronavirus, as he awaits trial in a South Florida jail.
Rapper YNW Melly has filed for restricted release from custody after testing positive for coronavirus while in Broward County Jail, his Twitter announced Thursday night.
Melly, née Jamell Demons, was arrested last February on two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the October 2018 killings of two other up-and-coming rappers: Christopher Thomas Jr., 19 (YNW Juvy), and Anthony Williams, 21 (YNW Sakchaser). He is facing the death penalty, pending trial.
While in custody, the 20-year-old was allegedly connected to the 2017 shooting of sheriff’s deputy Garry Chambliss. In April 2019, he announced plans to release a mixtape from jail.
The news was shared Thursday night on Melly’s official Instagram page. The individual who runs his account stated the 20-year-old will file a motion for restricted release.
In the announcement, Melly’s team says that they’re hoping the release will allow the rapper to find “better care due to any jails not being prepared to treat this new virus.
“He hopes for your support and to recover soon,” the message closes with
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Melly has tested positive for COVID-19 today while awaiting his trial in Broward County Jail. He’ll be filing a motion for restricted release in hopes of better care due to any jails not being prepared to treat this new virus. He hopes for your support and to recover soon #prayformelly send positive energy to him please
Jamell Demons Instagram account also featured a screenshot of a Law.com article about two Broward County Jail inmates who reportedly tested positive for the deadly disease this week.
According to the outlet, the Broward Sheriff’s Office confirmed the infections Thursday, stating one of the unidentified inmates “showed no signs of the disease after arrest and screening in March.” The office did not provide any details about the second case, simply stating that they tested positive Thursday.
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The news comes just days after Melly’s mom, Jamie Demons-King, claimed her son’s jail release was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“thought he was sposed to been out whaat happened 😭😭😭,” a user commented on a recent Instagram post, as pointed out by XXL.
“@__shayy__babbyy__ Coronavirus happened,” she responded.
Melly (Jamell Demons) and Cortlen “YNW Bortlen” Henry were charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the Oct. 26, 2018 fatal shootings of their friends Anthony “YNW Sakchaser” Williams and Christopher “YNW Juvy” Thomas Jr. Melly has pleaded not guilty to the charges, and faces the death penalty if convicted.
Many correctional facilities have taken steps to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 among inmates and staff. Rapper 6ix9ine was among the prisoners who were granted early release over virus concerns. His attorney, Lance Lazzaro, recently penned a letter to the court seeking 6ix9ine’s release, as his asthma made him vulnerable to the disease.
Meanwhile, The lawyer for the family of one of the victims of the shooting objected to Demons’ request.
“As the attorney for the family of a victim he is alleged to have murdered, not only do we object but are investigating a lawsuit to prevent @YNWMelly from release. Find him treatment. Take him to the hospital. Grant NO release,” attorney John M. Phillips said on Twitter.
As the attorney for the family of a victim he is alleged to have murdered, not only do we object but are investigating a lawsuit to prevent @YNWMelly from release. Find him treatment. Take him to the hospital. Grant NO release. pic.twitter.com/awiQKVJEyH
— John M. Phillips (@JohnPhillips) April 3, 2020