Florida Rapper YNW Melly Arrested, Charged With Two Counts of First-Degree Murder

A rapper who currently has his highest-ranked hit called Murder On My Mind is now facing two counts of first-degree murder in real life. YNW Melly, a young rap star in Florida, was arrested and charged with the shooting deaths of two men, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

YNW Melly, who's given name is Jamell Maurice Demons, and Cortlen Henry were charged with two counts of first-degree murder of Anthony "Sak" Williams and Christopher "Juvy" Thomas Jr. on Oct. 26, 2018, according to the Miramar Police Department.

"The investigation, supported by forensic evidence, has concluded that Demons shot and killed Williams & Thomas Jr. and that Demons and Henry staged the crime scene to resemble a drive-by shooting," Miramar PD sent out in a tweet Wednesday evening.

Williams and Thomas were reportedly good friends with YNW Melly, and they were also aspiring young rappers.

According to the original story in the Sun-Sentinel, someone driving a Jeep took Williams and Thomas to Memorial Hospital Miramar. The driver of the dark grey Jeep with a shattered rear window was never named, according to the report.

The two young rappers were last seen alive in Ft. Lauderdale around 3:20 a.m. on Oct. 26, just more than an hour before they were pronounced dead at the hospital.

Authorities in Texas arrested Henry last month in Houston, and he was extradited to Broward County in South Florida on Tuesday night.

Henry made his first court appearance on Wednesday, but no bond was set as neither Henry's defense attorney nor the state attorney had much familiarity with the case, so it was postponed for 24 hours.

Detectives haven't revealed Henry's connection to the murder as it's an ongoing investigation.

YNW Melly, 19, was born in Florida in 1999. He has a rap sheet that includes weapons and drugs charges. He released his first project, an EP called Collect Call, in late 2017 while he was in prison.

He released his debut album I Am You in 2018, and he signed with Young Thug's YSL Records later in 2018.

Ironically, his top chart single is a tune called "Murder on My Mind," which is currently at 73 on the Billboard hits, the top spot he's held in his young career. This song currently has 3.9 million streams on Spotify and 87 million views on the official video posted on YouTube.

The video begins in an urban neighborhood with the sound of gunshots and someone comforting a person who's obviously been shot. The song talks about guns, drugs, yellow tape on a body and, of course, murder on his mind. In the video, it depicts a person dying in YNW Melly's arms.

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