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YNW Melly is awaiting trial for double murder and audio has surfaced of his alleged co-conspirator, YNW Bortlen, speaking to detectives about the deadly October 2018 night.
Bortlen vaguely recounted the 2018 night that ended with YNW Sakchaser (Anthony Williams) and YNW Juvy (Christopher Thomas Jr.) being killed and recalled being the driver of the vehicle while the shots rang off.
“I’m trying to make sure I don’t get hit,” he said. “And you’re telling me about this — I don’t know, you know what I’m saying? I’m driving, shit crazy, bro.”
Per the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Williams and Thomas Jr. suffered multiple gunshot wounds and were driven to Memorial Hospital Miramar at 4:35 a.m. where they passed away. The hospital is located about 20 miles outside of Fort Lauderdale.
YNW Melly has remained behind bars without bond since being arrested by Miramar Police in February 2019 on double-murder charges for Sakchaser and Juvy. Melly also pleaded not guilty and has maintained his innocence.
“Jamell Demons, a.k.a. YNW Melly & Cortlen Henry have been arrested and charged with two counts of first degree murder,” Miramar police wrote on Twitter at the time. “The victims, Anthony Williams & Christopher Thomas Jr., were killed on 10/26/2018.
“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.”
According to Billboard, a Florida appeals court ruled on November 9 that prosecutors could actually seek the death penalty for Melly (real name Jamell Demons) if he’s convicted in the killings of his two friends.
Florida’s District Court of Appeal overturned Judge Andrew Siegel’s ruling from the summer where he said prosecutors couldn’t use capital punishment against Melly because prosecutors “had failed to give Melly and his attorneys proper notice that they planned to do so.”
The appeals court believes that Melly and his legal team were given enough time since it put the death penalty idea out there once the “Murder On My Mind” rapper was originally charged in 2019, so the prosecution didn’t violate state law.
In December, Melly took to Instagram saying he was in “fear” of his own life. His case remains without a trial date.
“As of this moment today I am officially in fear of my life,” he wrote. “A new Captain named Hubert and XO Jenkins have taken over the jail for two weeks now and have handed out even harsher punishments for me then the previous ones in place.”
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