On Feb. 13, 19-year-old Florida rapper, Jamell Demons, best known as YNW Melly, turned himself in for the fatal shootings of aspiring rappers Anthony Williams, known as YNW Sakchaser, and Christopher Thomas Jr, known as YNW Juvy. Despite pleading not guilty and claiming that his two friends died in a drive-by, he was charged with two counts of first-degree murder due to police finding forensic evidence pointing towards Melly being the killer. Authorities also declared that Melly staged the crime scene to resemble a drive-by shooting with the help of Cortlen Henry, known as YNW Bortlen.
YNW Melly had previously served a one-year jail sentence on account of firing a gun towards a group of people near Vero Beach High School. During this time in jail he wrote the hit song “Murder On My Mind”, which was released little over a year before the deaths of Williams and Thomas. Regardless of this, the song “Murder On My Mind” has been misleadingly used as a “confession” various times due to the detailed way that it described a murder. With lyrics like “I didn’t even mean to shoot ’em, he just caught me by surprise,” and “His body dropped down to the floor and he had teardrops in his eyes,” It is easily understood why some confusion was started regarding the song and the two murders.
As of Feb 14, Jackie Powell, Broward’s jail judge, ordered that Melly should remain in jail without bond.