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YNM Melly friend and co-defendant YNW Bortlen was granted release on bond this week in Broward County, Florida. Bortlen will be allowed to serve house arrest while word on YNW Melly’s release has not been made public. 

On Sunday (May 24), attorney John M. Phillips, who is co-counsel with Bortlen’s lead attorney Fred Haddad, took to Twitter and shared court documents detailing the approval for Bortlen’s release on bond and house arrest.

The document noted that YNW Melly refused to testify against his co-defendant YNW Bortlen, stating “The court has already found the release of the defendant should occur. Indeed, the state has opposed in every way the release of the Defendant in its determined effort to coerce the Defendant to testify against his Co-Defendant, which he refused to do.” 

Bortlen, born Cortlen Malik Henry, was initially charged with two counts of First Degree Murder and Two Counts of accessory after the fact for what court documents allege his involvement was in the murder of YNW Juvy and YNW Sakchaser. 


Back on February 13, 2019, Miramar, Fla Police Department posted a statement on Twitter accusing Melly and Bortlen of staging the scene of the crime to look as though it was a drive-by shooting. 

With the release of Bortlen, fans are hoping that YNW Melly will receive a bond and/or be released as well. Although reports have surfaced claiming that Melly has a shot to be freed, the victim’s attorney isn’t convinced. 

On Monday, Attorney John M.Phillips, who is representing one of the alleged victims, YNW Juvy took to Twitter where he called the rapper’s fans “beyond delusional” for thinking that Melly would be released. 

The rapper is currently facing the death penalty and prosecutors are not letting up. Melly is set for trial later this year, where a jury will ultimately determine his fate.