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Why rapper YNW Melly is facing the death penalty

Rapper YNW Melly (Image source: Broward County Jail)

YNW Melly could be headed to death row. The rapper, whose real name is Jamell Demons, is accused of the brutal killings of two close friends, according to Sun Sentinel.

The incident allegedly occurred in October 2018 in Broward County, Florida. YNW Melly, 19, was in a car driven by Cortlen Henry, 20. Anthony Williams, 21, and Christopher Thomas Jr., 19, were also in the car.

During the trip, YNW Melly allegedly shot and killed Williams and Thomas. Once the two were dead, YNW Melly and Henry got out of the vehicle, and YNW Melly allegedly fired more gunshots at the car. They would later drive their deceased friends to the hospital.

When authorities questioned YNW Melly and Henry, both claimed they were victims of a drive-by shooting. But after further investigation, authorities determined that Williams and Thomas were shot at close range. YNW Melly also allegedly had gun residue on his hand.

Due to the alleged callousness of the crime, prosecutors are calling for YNW Melly to face the death penalty if convicted.

An up-and-coming rapper, YNW Melly’s highest-charting single is “Murder On My Mind.”