Two men have been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of rapper Young Dolph by federal and local authorities.
On November 17, 2021, the rapper, Adolph Robert Thornton, Jr., was fatally murdered at Makeda’s Homemade Butter Cookies in Memphis. Two children survive the 36-year-old man.
According to a news release from the US Marshal Service, Justin Johnson, 23, was apprehended in Indiana on Tuesday. He was sought for murder in the first degree.
Straight Drop, Johnson’s rap alias, is also a rapper. Authorities will hold a news conference on Wednesday to share further details about Johnson’s arrest.
Cornelius Smith, 32, is the second person detained in connection with Young Dolph’s death. According to a news statement from the Shelby County District Attorney General’s Office, Smith was arrested on December 9 in Southaven, roughly 210 miles northeast of Memphis, on an auto-theft warrant concerning the white Mercedes Benz used in Young Dolph’s killing.
The automobile was seized in a carjacking on November 10th, according to authorities. According to the announcement, the car was discovered on November 20 after a tip that it had been abandoned shortly after Young Dolph’s murder three days previously.
Smith was charged with first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder on Tuesday, as well as a convicted felon in possession of a handgun, employment of a firearm in the commission of a serious felony, and theft of property over $10,000, according to the release. The attempted murder case arises from Young Dolph’s brother, who was beside him when he died.
Smith had been jailed in the DeSoto County Jail, but he was extradited and sent to the Shelby County Jail on Tuesday.