THE WORD | YNW Melly Facing Possibility of Death Penalty

YNW Melly has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder. Cops say the rapper shot two of his friends back in October, then staged the crime scene to look like a drive-by shooting. According to new legal docs, obtained by TMZ, the State intends to seek the death penalty against Melly.

Prosecutors have also characterized Melly as a "criminal gang member."

Publicly viewable court information shows that the state's notice of intent to seek death penalty was filed April 18.