YNW Melly accused of staging drive-by shooting

He and YNW Bortlen were arrested on a double-murder charge.

Last month, YNW Melly and YNW Bortlen were arrested and charged with two counts of murder. Now, new details about the case have emerged, including investigators’ allegations that the Florida rappers staged a drive-by shooting to cover up the murders.

On February 13, Melly and Bortlen were charged with the murders of YNW Juvy and YNW Sakchaser last October. According to court documents obtained by Billboard, Bortlen had claimed Juvy and Sakchaser were killed in a drive-by shooting. But police allege that the paths of the victims’ gunshot wounds show that they had been shot inside the vehicle, and not from the outside.

The police also claim to have found a shell casing in the vehicle, specifically on the floorboard of the left rear passenger side. That would incriminate Melly, who was seen in video footage entering the car from that side of the vehicle.


Melly and accomplice Bortlen, investigators also allege, drove around with Juvy and Sakchaser’s bodies “for a period of time” while they tried to come up with a plan to fool law enforcement. They ultimately brought Juvy and Sakchaser to the emergency room, where they were pronounced dead.

Before Melly turned himself into the police, he posted a message to Instagram: “A couple months ago I lost my two brothers by violence and now the system want[s] to find justice… Unfortunately a lot of rumors and lies are being said, but no worries, God is with me and my brother [Bortlen].” When approached by Billboard, Melly’s lawyer had no comment.

As public interest in Melly’s case grows, streams of his 2017 song “Murder on My Mind” have skyrocketed. The song—whose lyrics get inside the head of a murderer behind bars—has been used as legal ballast against Melly before, as the FADER points out. When the rapper was arrested last year for violating probation, part of the song’s lyrics were read out in court, Melly revealed in a 2018 FADER profile; he believed that was why he ended up going back to jail for that infraction.


Melly’s most recent project, We All Shine, was released this past January. Stream it below:

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