YNW Melly is begging to be released from prison in Florida as he claims that he is dying following testing positive for COVID-19 ahead of his double murder trial.
The 20-year-old rapper’s lawyer, Bradford Cohen, filed legal documents claiming that his client was on the verge of dying according to TMZ on Monday.
The report states Melly’s symptoms include severe chills, heavy labored breathing, headaches, and body aches and that his client weighs 114 pounds and has not been monitored by medical personnel as they have been mandated to.
He also alleges that the rapper is sharing a cell with another inmate who has coronavirus and there’s fear ‘if the virus can be mutated or passed reoccurring between individuals.’
Tough spot: YNW Melly is begging to be released from prison in Florida as he claims that he is dying following testing positive for COVID-19 ahead of his double murder trial
Cohen goes on to claim that there is a lack of preparedness by the jail for the epidemic stating: ‘They have not given them masks, or cleaning supplies that would be beneficial regarding his recovery. This is against all recommendations of the Surgeon General and CDC.’
Last week the rapper revealed he had tested positive for the coronavirus.
According to a statement on the Instagram page of the Murder on My Mind rapper, he was seeking an early release amid a jail atmosphere he said isn’t equipped to deal with the deadly pandemic.
‘Melly has tested positive for COVID-19 today while awaiting his trial in Broward County Jail,’ the statement read. ‘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.
The latest: The 20-year-old rapper’s lawyer, Bradford Cohen, filed legal documents claiming that his client was on the verge of dying according to TMZ on Monday. He was snapped last year in LA
‘He hopes for your support and to recover soon.’
The statement ended, #prayformelly send positive energy to him please.’
In a subsequent post, his team posted an emoji of praying hands alongside an excerpt of a Law.com story confirming that Broward Sheriff’s Office said that two inmates, who were not named, had tested positive for the deadly pandemic over the past two days.
‘We have been very concerned about the potential for this to occur and that is why we have been working with the courts and the criminal defense bar to release non-violent offenders,’ Broward State Attorney’s Office Paula McMahon told the outlet in an email.
Request: According to a statement on his Instagram page, YNW Melly was seeking an early release amid a jail atmosphere he said isn’t equipped to deal with the deadly pandemic
Hoping for the best: The rapper, pictured with loved ones, ‘hopes for your support and to recover soon’ from the pandemic
YNW Melly, who collaborated with Kanye West on the 2019 single Mixed Personalities, was taken into custody in February of 2019 accused of first-degree murder in the deaths of two other rappers – Christopher Thomas Jr., 19, known as YNW Juvy, and Anthony Williams, 21, known as YNW Sakchaser.
The Gifford, Florida native, whose full name is Jamell Maurice Demons, could face the death penalty in the case.
Better times: YNW Melly collaborated with Kanye West on the 2019 single Mixed Personalities
The international pandemic has spread to a number of notable names in the rap world, include Geto Boys’ rapper Scarface, Slim Thug and Scarface.
Other notable musicians who have tested positive for the virus include singer-songwriter Jackson Browne, opera singer Placido Domingo and Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan; Fountains of Wayne co-founder Adam Schlesinger died earlier this week of complications from COVID-19.
As of Thursday, the death total for COVID-19 – declared a public health emergency by World Health Organization – had soared to 5,784 people in the U.S., The COVID Tracking Project reported, with 239,009 total positive diagnoses.