Two Suspects in Young Dolphs Murder Arrested
Justin Johnson, who previously planned to surrender on Monday, January 10 but didn’t show up, was captured in Indiana on Tuesday, while Cornelius Smith was arrested in December on an auto-theft warrant.
AceShowbiz -Two men wanted for the murder of Young Dolph are finally in custody. Justin Johnson, who was wanted on a slew of charges out of Memphis, was arrested on Tuesday, January 11 after a two-month manhunt.
Justin was taken in by U.S. Marshals Officers in Indiana. He has since been booked on first-degree murder warrant. The 23-year-old also 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. The original charge was for a weapon offense.
Justin had been on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Most Wanted list. Law enforcement says he has ties to organized crime and should be considered armed and dangerous.
Justin, a Memphis rapper who goes by the name Straight Drop, previously announced plan to turn himself on Monday, January 10, but he never showed up. “Turning myself in Monday @201,” he posted on his Instagram Story. He went on to stress, “I’m innocent. I’ll be back sooner than you can blink.”
But instead of surrendering to police, Justin released a new music video on Monday. “Back again. Straight drop ‘Track Hawk’,” he promoted the song on his Story. “Official video out now. Link in bio.” He appeared to be taunting the authorities in another post, writing, “None but gangster s**t on my record ! You n***s police and bogus , all my charges I did time for or either got drop.”
Meanwhile, the second suspect, Cornelius Smith, was arrested on December 9 in Southaven, about 210 miles northeast of Memphis, on an auto-theft warrant involving the white Mercedes Benz used in Dolph’s shooting. He had been in custody in the DeSoto County Jail, but was extradited and transferred to the Shelby County Jail on Tuesday.
Cornelius was indicted on first-degree murder charges as well as additional 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. During the shooting, Dolph’s brother was present with him and was considered the victim of the attempted murder charge.
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