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YNW Melly, whose real name is Jamell Maurice Demons, is an American rapper from Florida who rose to fame with hit songs like “Murder On My Mind” and “Mixed Personalities” featuring Kanye West. However, his career took a dramatic turn when he was charged with the double murder of his friends and fellow aspiring rappers, Anthony “YNW Sakchaser” Williams and Christopher “YNW Juvy” Thomas Jr., in October 2018.

The case centers around the events that occurred on October 26, 2018, when both victims were discovered deceased inside a vehicle in Miramar, Florida, with gunshot wounds.

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Initially, YNW Melly claimed the incident was a result of a drive-by shooting, but subsequent investigations by law enforcement raised doubts about this narrative.

In February 2019, YNW Melly, along with his associate Cortlen “YNW Bortlen” Henry, was arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree murder.

The stakes are high. If convicted, YNW Melly could potentially face the death penalty.

Jury to decide if YNW Melly had murder on his mind

During the court proceedings, the prosecutor presented text messages as evidence, allegedly showing YNW Melly admitting to the crime with phrases like “I did that shit.”

Additionally, there is evidence indicating that Melly shared his location with fellow rapper Fredo Bang, seemingly for the purpose of being picked up after the incident.

As the case continues, the situation appears unfavorable for Melly. In court, when shown video clips of his deceased friends, YNW Melly was visibly emotional, shedding tears. This has raised questions about whether his reactions are genuine expressions of grief or potentially part of a cover-up.

The trial’s outcome will determine Melly’s fate, shedding light on the truth behind this tragic incident and the extent of his involvement.

Tanner Frank is a 2023 summer intern for The Black Wall Street Times and a Tulsa, Oklahoma, native and a graduate of Booker T. Washington High Schoo. Tanner will be attending the University of Arkansas...