On February 13, 2019, YNW Melly AKA Jamell Demons was charged with two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the deaths of his childhood friends, YNW Sakchaser and YNW Juvy.
Hours before his arrest, Melly posted another photo of himself with Sakchaser and Juvy, this time also including Bortlen. "To all my fans and supporters no I did not get locked up in Washington, but I am turning myself in today,” he wrote on Instagram. “I want you guys to know I love you and appreciate every single one of y’all, 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 and we want y’all to remember it’s a ynw Family I love you @ynwsakchaser1 and @ynwjuvy.”
The evening Melly turned himself in, Miramar police tweeted their take on the case: “Jamell Demons, a.k.a. YNW Melly & Cortlen Henry have been arrested and charged with two counts of first degree murder. The victims, Anthony Williams & Christopher Thomas Jr., were killed on 10/26/2018. The investigation, supported by forensic evidence, has concluded that Demons shot and killed Williams & Thomas Jr. and that Demons and Henry staged the crime scene to resemble a drive-by shooting.”