YNW Melly Facing Possibility Of Death Penalty In Florida

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YNW Melly Facing Possibility Of Death Penalty In Florida
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Florida is one of 30 States where capital punishment is legal.

YNW Melly may face the death penalty for a murder case he was arrested and charged for earlier this year.

TMZ reported that the State of Florida is seeking out the death penalty for the rapper in regards to two counts of first-degree murder he’s facing. The charges stem from prosecutors claiming that Melly and his co-defendant YNW Bortlen killed two members of their own YNW crew in South Florida in October, and staged their deaths to look like a drive-by shooting.

“…the State says it believes it can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Melly killed his friends for financial gain, the murder was especially heinous, atrocious or cruel, and he committed homicide in a cold, calculated and premeditated manner. The State also believes Melly is a criminal gang member,” TMZ reported.

The report has since been confirmed by Pitchfork.

Before Melly surrendered himself to police, he posted a photo to Instagram with a caption suggesting he was falsely accused.

“I am turning myself in today I want you guys to know I love you and appreciate every single one of y’all,” he wrote, adding, “a couple months ago I lost my two brothers by violence and now the system want to find justice.. unfortunately a lot of rumors and lies are being said but no worries god is with me and my brother @ynw.bortlen.”

Source: TMZ

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