Prosecutors Want Death Sentence in Florida Shooting: Jamell Demons (YNW Melly) Biography, Wiki
YNW Melly aka Jamell Demons is facing two charges of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of Anthony Williams and Christopher Thomas Jr. in October 2018.
On September 18, 2020, multiple Twitter users said that Demons, 21, had been sentenced to death. As of this writing, Demons has not faced trial for his alleged crimes and has not been sentenced.
Demons turned himself in to authorities in February 2019 in connection with the charges. In March 2019, Demons pleaded not guilty to the charges. Williams and Thomas were members of the Demons YNW musical collective. Demons remains a suspect in the shooting death of off-duty Deputy Sheriff Gary Chambliss in Gifford, Florida, in 2017.
The Sun-Sentinel reported in April 2019 that Broward County prosecutors were seeking the death penalty for demons. The same report said that prosecutors were accusing the demons of being in a gang. Demons’ co-defendant Cortlen Henry, 21, did not receive a notice about the death penalty, his attorney told the Sun-Sentinel. Demons’ lawyer Bradford Cohen told the newspaper: “We do not agree with the claims made by prosecutors in the notice seeking death, but we were not surprised.”
In April 2020, CBS12 reported that a judge denied Demons’s request to be released from prison after he contracted COVID-19. The demons are being held in the Broward County Jail. In December 2019, Demons was the victim of rumors that he was stabbed to death in prison. Rumors of an assault were not true.
Cortlen Henry faced a court hearing on September 17, the outcome of that hearing has not been made public as of this writing. On September 15, attorneys representing Christopher Thomas Jr.’s family said they were filing a lawsuit against Demons and Henry.
The legal documents obtained by Fader see prosecutors accusing the demons of behaving “in a cold, calculated and premeditated manner without any pretext of moral or legal justification.” Prosecutors say the demons committed the crimes for monetary gain.
As of June 2020, there are 339 inmates awaiting execution in Florida. The statutes considered in death penalty cases include whether the crime was committed for profit, whether the crime was committed by a gang member, or whether the crime was “especially heinous, heinous, or cruel.”
Under Florida law, demons should be convicted by a unanimous jury. The executions are taking place at Florida Sate Prison in Starke, Florida. Male inmates serve death row time at the facility. The governor is empowered to grant clemency in cases involving the death penalty.
Robert Dunham of the Death Penalty Information Center told Fader that if Demons were found guilty, the sentence would take a long time to enforce, as he would likely file multiple appeals.