Young Dolph Murder Suspect Has Been Apprehended in Indiana
The US Marshals Service said a suspect in the November shooting death of rapper Young Dolph was apprehended Thursday afternoon in Indiana.
On Jan. 5, Justin Johnson was listed as a person of interest, and a reward was offered for information leading to his arrest. Johnson, a budding rapper known as Straight Drop, claimed to be innocent and promised to bring himself in Monday, but he did not.
Cornelius Smith, 32, was already in arrest and charged with first-degree murder. Smith was nabbed Dec. 9 in
“Justin Johnson was captured today around 3:00 p.m. (CST) in Indiana,” the Marshals Service reported late Tuesday.
Officials said a news conference will be held on Wednesday.
On Nov. 17, masked intruders assassinated Adolph Thornton Jr. while he was visiting his Memphis business, Makeda’s Homemade Butter Cookies. Surveillance footage showed the gunmen exiting and reentering a getaway vehicle.
Johnson previously pled guilty to three charges of aggravated assault after shooting three individuals at a bowling alley in 2017, but he was reportedly freed soon after.
Police found the getaway car from Young Dolph’s murder at the same property where Straight Drop, alias Johnson, recorded his music video for “Going Straight In.” Four days after the murder, the music video was uploaded.
Saturday, Johnson said he will report on Monday. “I’m innocent. I’ll be back sooner than you can blink.”