Don't have an account yet? Get the most out of your experience with a personalized all-access pass to everything local on events, music, restaurants, news and more. Melly, born Jamell Demons, stands accused of shooting his friends multiple times and staging a crime scene to look like a drive-by shooting.
An up-and-coming South Florida rapper who publicly mourned the deaths of two close friends and collaborators last year has now been charged with their murders. Cortlen Henry, 20, another associate of Demons, has also been charged with two counts of first-degree murder, according to the Miramar Police Department. The year-old rapper's single, "Murder on My Mind," went gold and debuted at No.
The year-old is being charged with two counts of first-degree murder for the October deaths of two of his closest friends: Anthony Williams and Christopher Thomas Jr. I had to get out of that environment. His promising young career has already been marked by repeated collisions with the law; a handful of his first regional hits were written in jail, while he was serving time for three counts of aggravated assault and one count of discharging a firearm in public in It has since become one of his most popular songs and currently sits at over 88 million views. He told The FADER last year that when he was on trial in for violating his probation, a state attorney read a portion of the song aloud in court; Melly still believes it was the reading that sent him back to jail. His arrest on Wednesday evening is just the latest time the song has been used to imply his guilt, only now, in the court of public opinion. In the half hour after the news broke, the music video racked up , YouTube views, according to one rap news website. Overwhelmingly, the defendants in these cases are young black men. In , an aspiring rapper named Ronnell Wilson was arrested and charged with the murders of two detectives after police found handwritten lyrics in his pocket that described a killing. Other states and federal legislative bodies have issued rulings on the use of rap lyrics as evidence in recent years, many flip-flopping between admitting them as evidence and excluding them as they narrow and expand the scope on a case-by-case basis.
The rapper's legal team has since filed an emergency motion for his restricted release to receive better care and treatment for his diagnosis amid the virus' outbreak. He was arrested by law enforcement in Feb. Christopher "Juvy" Thomas Jr. ET after being dropped off by Melly and Bortlen. Based on the forensic evidence collected, law enforcement determines that Melly and Bortlen staged the crime scene to resemble a drive-by shooting and that Melly was the gunman behind both deaths.