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YNW Melly Pleads ‘Not Guilty’ to Two First-Degree Murder Charges, for the Allegedly Killing Two Best Friends

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On March 5th the Florida Rapper YNW Melly (legal name, Jamell Maurice Demons) pled not guilty to two counts of first-degree murder, after allegedly killing his two friends YNW Sakchaser and YNW Juvie on October 26th, and attempting to cover up the murder as the onslaught of some drive by. According to the police report however, a .40 caliber shell casing was found inside the car, which forensic evidence claims to have been shot from the back-left seat of the car, where the 19-year old Melly had been allegedly sitting.

Prior Snapchat messages were also obtained between Melly and his girlfriend, that seem to allude to his involvement regarding the incident in question, as well as potentially affirm his friend’s (YNW Bortles) role as an accomplice, telling his his girlfriend “I keep Bortlen wit me kuz at da end of the day he did one of a realist shit in my life.”

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YNW Melly pictured on left, YNW Bortles pictured on right

Melly and Bortles both turned themselves in February 13th, prior to a show in Washington D.C. Before doing so, Melly posted a picture on Instagram of the four friends, with the caption ““A couple months ago I lost my two brothers by violence and now the system wants to find justice..unfortunately there are a lot of rumors and lies are being said but no worries god is with me and my brother YNW Bortlen.” They are both currently being held without bond in Fort Lauderdale.


Now there’s no reported motive yet as to why YNW Melly would murder his best friends in cold blood, but possibly the most damning piece of evidence against the rapper out of Gifford County (at least from the public’s perspective) is his chart-topping single Murder on my Mind. Reaching platinum since his arrest, it damn near sounds like a confession, with the second verse reading:



“Yellow tape around his body, it’s a fucking homicide
His face is on a T-Shirt and his family traumatized
I didn’t even mean to shoot ’em, he just caught me by surprise
I reloaded my pistol, cocked it back, and shot him twice
His body dropped down to the floor and he had teardrops in his eyes
He grabbed me by my hands and said he was afraid to die
I told ’em it’s too late my friend, its time to say “Goodbye”
And he died inside my arms, blood all on my shirt”

~The second verse to YNW Melly’s Murder on my Mind

However it is imperative to note that this song was released March of 2017, with YNW Melly publicly stating before that he’d come up with those lyrics back in 2016, as a juvenile sitting in a jail cell. Could the chillings lyrics allude to a plan that was premeditated? Sure, but that would be a stretch. Especially since he has another song on the album succeeding it titled Mind on my Murder (guess he wasn’t too creative with song names), which basically gives the firsthand account of the individual who is being murdered (as opposed to the perspective of the murderer, which was covered in the aforementioned song).

Essentially, these were both created as bold forms of artistic expression, and do not fall near the designated timeline of the alleged events in question. I’m sure prosecutors know are aware, but I urge the public to keep that point in mind, as legal and personal judgments ensue.

Melly also finished out the caption of his last Instagram post by stating, “We want y’all to remember it’s a YNW family I love you YNW Sakchaser and YNW Juvy #freeus.”