Rapper YNW Melly has been charged with the double murder of two close friends.
The 19-year-old rising star was arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree murder in Florida yesterday (February 13) after Anthony Williams and Christopher Thomas Jr were shot dead on 26 October last year.
Police say the rapper, whose real name is Jamell Demons, staged the crime scene with accomplice Cortlen Henry to make it appear like the two men had been killed in a brutal drive-by shooting.
“Jamell Demons, a.k.a. YNW Melly & Cortlen Henry have been arrested and charged with two counts of first degree murder. The victims, Anthony Williams & Christopher Thomas Jr., were killed on 10/26/2018,” the statement confirmed.
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“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.”
Responding to the arrest on Instagram, Melly said he had voluntarily turned himself into police.
“To all my fans and supporters no I did not get locked up in Washington , but I am turning myself in today I want you guys to know I love you and appreciate every single one of y’all, a couple months ago I lost my two brothers by violence and now the system want to find justice…,” he said.
“Unfortunately a lot of rumours and lies are being said but no worries god is with me and my brother @ynw.bortlen and we want y’all to remember it’s a ynw Family I love you @ynwsakchaser1 and @ynwjuvy #freeus.”