Two men wanted by law enforcement for their suspected involvement in the shooting deathRapper Young Dolph are now in police custody. Authorities stated that the second suspect was charged with several offenses, including first degree murder.
One of the suspects, Justin Johnson, wanted for the killing of Young Dolph was located in Indiana Tuesday, U.S. Official announcement by Marshals “After a coordinated investigation by the U.S. Marshals Two Rivers Violent Fugitive Task Force and the Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force, Justin Johnson was captured today around 3:00 p.m. (C.S.T.) in Indiana,”According to U.S. Marshals released.
U.S. U.S. Marshal Tyreece M. Miller, Memphis Police Chief C. J. Davis (Silver County District Attorney General Amy Weirich) said that they would host a joint press conference Wednesday in order to share more details.
Last week, the U.S. The U.S. Marshals Service announced Johnson, along with Memphis police, and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation as a person of concern in the Nov. 17 murder of Young Dolph. His real name was Adolph Thornton Jr.
Police offered up a $15,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.
The 36-year-old rapper from Memphis was shopping at a South Memphis bakery when two gunmen entered a Mercedes-Benz white Mercedes and opened fire on the establishment. Police released images taken from surveillance footage that captured the shooting.
In addition to a first-degree murder warrant, Johnson has an outstanding warrant for violation of federal supervised release out of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, according to the U.S. Marshals Service. It was a weapon offense that led to the original charge.
Police indict second suspect in Young Dolph murder
Moments following the announcement of Johnson’s arrest, it was announced that Cornelius Smith, 32, had been indicted on several charges, including first-degree murder, according to District Attorney General Amy Weirich’s office.
Smith was taken into custody in Southaven (Mississippi) on Dec. 9, for an auto-theft warrant. The warrant was based on the white Mercedes that Smith saw in surveillance footage beginning Nov. 17. An anonymous tipter discovered the vehicle and alerted authorities. The vehicle was recovered Nov. 20,
Smith was expelled from DeSoto County’s correctional facility to Shelby County on Tuesday. He is currently being held without bond at Shelby County Criminal Justice Complex (201 Poplar).
In addition to first-degree murder, Smith was indicted on counts of attempted first-degree murder, convicted felon in possession of a firearm, employment of a firearm in the commission of a dangerous felony and theft of property over $10,000.
Young Dolph was shot by his brother, who, according to the DA, was there with him. Young Dolph is now being charged with attempted first-degree murder.
Young Dolph is well-known for his portrayals of the tough streets and his independent approach in the music business. He was also known for his charitable work in Memphis. Young Dolph organized Thanksgiving food giveaways and donated thousands to high schools. He also paid rent and covered funeral expenses for residents of Castalia Heights, where he was born.
Officials in the city and activists from the community referred to the killings as a symbol for the dangers of gun violence Memphis, where there were more than 300 homicides reported last year.
A private funeral was held for Young Dolph on Nov. 30 and a section of a street in the neighborhood where he grew up was renamed for him Dec. 15. A day later, he was honored at FedExForum which is the home of the NBA’s Memphis Grizzles as well as the University of Memphis men’s basketball team.
Contributing: Edward Segarra USA Today; The Associated Press