Rising Floridian rap star YNW Melly has been found guilty of killing two of his close friends and staging it as a drive by shooting with the help of another person according to Miramar police.
“Further investigation, supported by forensic evidence, concluded that Demons shot and killed Williams and Thomas Jr., and that Demons and Henry staged the crime scene to resemble a drive-by shooting,” police said.
YNW Melly whose legal name is Jamell Demons was arrested Wednesday night. He has since been charged with two counts of first degree murder. These charges are in connection to the October 26th, 2018 murders of his close friends who were also aspiring rappers, victims Anthony Williams and Christopher Thomas Jr. Shortly before 7pm he was booked into Broward’s jail. With a quick turnaround, during a brief court appearance Thursday morning, Broward Judge Jackie Powell ordered that Demons should remain in jail without bond.
According to reports from Miramar police, Demons wasn’t the only man involved in the October double slaying. In fact, Cortlen Henry, 20, has also been arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree murder.
A day after the slayings, Melly posted a photo of him with Williams and Thomas, writing: “They Took My Brothers From Me Over Jealousy. I know y’all watching over me”
In a recent Instagram post the rapper says he “did not get locked up in Washington, but I am turning myself in myself today.” He then goes on to say, “I lost my two brothers by violence and now the system wants to find justice … unfortunately, a lot of rumors and lies are being said but no worries.”
His promising young career has already been marked repeatedly with the law and with a handful of his hits being written while in jail they reflect a certain lifestyle. They describe instances for when he was serving time for three counts of aggravated assault and one count of discharging a firearm in public back in 2016. In the wake of his arrest, many reflected on some of his lyrics and hits like “Murder On My Mind” where he raps about accidentally killing a friend which he dropped back in March of 2017.
We know for over the past two decades the justice system has been using rap lyrics in criminal cases to indict individuals they’ve been played for jurys and introduced as evidence in the trials of high profile stars and aspiring rappers alike. Now, the Vero Beach rapper may have got himself in a real sticky situation because two year old lyrics have already become part of a negative narrative. It’s highly likely that if Melly goes to trial, prosecutors will try to use his lyrics against him in court, as it has been done before and if they do it is all bad.
Both YNW Melly and Henry remained in jail Thursday without bond and currently unsure of their next bail hearing and the story is still developing. We will keep you posted.