American rapper, Jamell Maurice Demons, who is better known as YNW Melly is facing the possibility of the death penalty for allegedly killing two of his friends.
According to TMZ, Melly who is currently charged with a pair of first-degree murder counts, will be facing a capital punishment effort by the State of Florida. The state believes it can show “beyond a reasonable doubt” that Melly committed both acts for “financial gain.”
The report cites court docs as showing that prosecutors intend to seek the death penalty, which is still legal in Florida and 29 additional states. Prosecutors have also characterized Melly as a “criminal gang member.”
In March, Melly, and co-defendant YNW Bortlen pleaded not guilty to charges in connection with the case. Melly is accused of fatally shooting YNW Juvy and YNW Sakchaser in October. Melly and Bortlen are also alleged to have attempted to make the crime scene resemble a drive-by shooting, according to investigators.