19-year-old Florida rapper Jamell Demons, better known as YNW Melly, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder on February 13th of this year. The rapper turned himself in for the shooting deaths of his friends Anthony Williams and Christopher Thomas Jr.- who were also two aspiring rappers. A lot of speculation has circulated around this development, so here are the most up to date details about the rapper’s legal situation.
2016– The rapper served a year of jail for shooting a gun near school grounds. His stint in jail inspired the rapper to write a couple of raps, one titled “Murder on my Mind”.
March 2017– YNW Melly uploads “Murder on My Mind” to his SoundCloud, which quickly gets a lot of detention. The lyrics tell a shocking story of murder and the rapper partly blames the lyrics for landing him back in jail for a parole violation.
October 2018– YNW Melly’s friends, Anthony Williams, and Christopher Thomas Jr. are shot multiple times and then taken to the emergency room of Memorial Hospital Miramar, where they are pronounced dead. At first, the deaths were thought to be the result of a drive-by shooting. YNW Melly posts a tribute to his friends, calling them his brothers.
February 2019– YNW Melly is arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree murder. The rapper turned himself in, and police concluded that he and another person by the name of Cortlen Henry staged the murders to look like a drive-by.
March-May 2019– In an ensuing jumble of legal bombs, Melly is linked to the fatal shooting of a deputy, pleads not guilty to the two murder charges, and undertakes rapper Boosie’s lawyer as an added part to Melly’s legal team. Boosie went through a murder trial of his own, which ended in acquittal in 2012.
July 11, 2019– The rapper uploads a clip to Instagram of him smiling in the courtroom, with the message: “I’ll be home soon. I’m smiling because God is with me – Melly #innocent #icee.”
Though there has been severe speculation around the rapper’s legal battles, here is a timeline which provides the facts. No word has been released regarding the rapper’s clearing of the charges, so his fans can only wait and see what other facts come to light.