Jamell Demons, best known as YNW Melly, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder on Wednesday, February 13. The 19-year-old Florida rapper turned himself in to Miramar, Florida police for the fatal shootings of his friends Anthony Williams and Christopher Thomas Jr.—aspiring rappers who went by YNW Sakchaser and YNW Juvy, respectively.
Since the news of Melly’s charges hit the internet, mugshots and song lyrics have been flying, causing a lot of confusion about the exact order of events. Some fans have made the mistake that Melly’s gold single "Murder On My Mind," released 19 months before the deaths of Williams and Thomas, was an after-the-fact confession.
Other details surrounding Melly’s case and his previous run-ins with the law have been misleadingly presented on social media—sometimes out of order, and sometimes completely fabricated. Here is a complete timeline of YNW Melly’s career milestones and his legal issues, leading up to the most recent charges.