Jury selection in the Jamell Demons murder trial has been postponed for a week, and possibly longer, as attorneys and Broward Circuit Judge Andrew Siegel navigate their way through a wave of last minute motions and hearings.
Demons, known professionally as rapper YNW Melly, faces a death sentence if convicted in the 2018 murders of friends and fellow musicians Anthony Williams, 21, and Christopher Thomas Jr., 19, in Miramar.
Jury selection was originally scheduled to begin on Tuesday, but was postponed to Wednesday. The Demons Twitter account posted a message on Tuesday night bragging: “‘Y’all can uncross [fingers]I will be home this year.
At the end of the day on Wednesday, the judge abandoned any discussion of the possibility of starting this week. The lawyers are due back in court next Tuesday for further preliminary hearings. Siegel said if everything was over by Tuesday, jury selection could begin the next day.
But that, he said, is not likely.
Jury selection is expected to take place for most of, if not all, of May. Most jurors summoned to the courthouse through late April and early May will first be directed to the penalty phase trial of Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz. Only those excused from this case will be considered for further trials.
Siegel said the Demons case received less media coverage than the Parkland shooting and would not last as long, which should make jury selection easier.
But he has not set a firm date for the start of the selection.