Prosecutors seeking death penalty against rapper YNW Melly in double murder case

Prosecutors seeking death penalty against rapper YNW Melly in double murder case

Prosecutors seeking death penalty against rapper YNW Melly in double murder case

Prosecutors seeking death penalty against rapper YNW Melly in double murder case
Prosecutors seeking death penalty against rapper YNW Melly in double murder case
Florida state prosecutors filed notice last week of their intent to seek the death penalty in the double murder case against rap artist YNW Melly.
Melly, 19, whose real name is Jamell Demons, along with Cortlen Henry, 20, were indicted by a grand jury on first-degree murder charges in the October shooting deaths of two friends in Miramar, Florida.
By state law, first-degree murder is punishable either by death or life without parole for suspects at least 18 years old at the time of the offense.

The appropriate punishment in a given case is decided on the basis of so-called “aggravating factors” which, in the jury’s estimation, increase the severity or culpability of a crime, according to the Legal Information Institute at Cornell University.

In a hint to a possible motive, prosecutors also intend to prove the killings were committed for monetary gain.
Christopher Thomas, Jr., 19, and Anthony Williams, 21, were shot to death in the early morning hours of Oct. 26 in Miramar, north of Miami.

Thomas and Williams grew up with Demons and Henry in the Vero Beach area. The four were life-long friends and members of the same rap group.

Thomas went by the stage name YNW Juvy, and Williams by the name YNW Sakchaser. Henry went by YNW Bortlen.
Police said Demons pulled the trigger while Henry helped cover the crime by staging the bodies to look like Thomas and Williams were victims of a drive-by shooting.
Henry was also charged with two counts of accessory after the fact. Court records show his attorneys filed a motion to dismiss the charges in March.
Thomas went by the stage name YNW Juvy, and Williams by the name YNW Sakchaser. Henry went by YNW Bortlen.
Police said Demons pulled the trigger while Henry helped cover the crime by staging the bodies to look like Thomas and Williams were victims of a drive-by shooting.
Henry was also charged with two counts of accessory after the fact. Court records show his attorneys filed a motion to dismiss the charges in March.

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