Saturday, January 29, 2022

Two suspects have been arrested in the murder of rapper Young Dolph at a cookie store

Two people have been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of rapper Young Dolph in Indiana last year, federal officials said Tuesday.

Young Dolph, whose given name is Adolph Robert Thornton Jr., was shot at Makeda’s Homemade Butter Cookies in Memphis in November. The 36-year-old made his debut in 2008 with the “Paper Route Campaign” and earned a reputation as one of the most prolific rappers in the industry, at one point shooting a music video from his hospital room in Los Angeles. Make. 2017. His collaborators included Megan Thee Stallion and Gucci Mane, and he often worked with fellow Memphis rapper and protagonist Ki Glock.

There were no suspects immediately after the shooting, but on January 5, the US Marshals Service and Memphis Police announced a reward of $15,000 for information, leading to the arrest of Memphis native and rapper Justin Johnson, who went by the name of Straight Drop. Is known.

Johnson said on social media Monday that he planned to turn himself in, according to a statement from the Shelby County District Attorney’s office. But in the end, he didn’t.

Instead, Johnson was taken into custody in Indiana, US Marshals officials said in a statement.

Johnson also had an outstanding warrant for violating the terms of his supervised federal release, according to the statement.

On Tuesday, the Shelby County District Attorney also announced that a grand jury had charged a second man, 32-year-old Cornelius Smith, of first-degree murder and second count of attempted murder in connection with the fatal shooting. . November 17.

Smith was arrested on December 9 on an auto theft warrant for a white Mercedes-Benz, the vehicle authorities believe was used in Dolph’s murder.

The car was stolen on 10 November and found on 20 November, three days after the fatal shooting.

Smith is in custody at the Shelby County Jail.

Officials are set to hold a news conference on Wednesday to reveal additional details about the case.

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