Two Young Dolph suspects ‘arrested after rapper shot dead at cookie store’

TWO suspects in the murder of rapper Young Dolph have been taken into custody.

Justin Johnson was captured Tuesday around 3:00pm in Indiana after a “coordinated investigation”, said the US Marshals.

Justin Johnson has been captured by US Marshals after being named the suspect in the murder of Young Dolph

Justin Johnson has been captured by US Marshals after being named the suspect in the murder of Young DolphCredit: US MARSHALS
Cornelius Smith, who was arrested back in December, has been indicted with charges in connection to Young Dolph's death

Cornelius Smith, who was arrested back in December, has been indicted with charges in connection to Young Dolph’s deathCredit: Shelby County Sheriff’s Office

“After a coordinated investigation by the US Marshals Two Rivers Violent Fugitive Task Force and the Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force, Justin Johnson was captured today.”

A joint press conference with US Marshal Tyreece Miller, Memphis Police Chief CJ Davis and Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich will be held tomorrow.

Another suspect, Cornelius Smith was transferred to the Shelby County Jail from the DeSoto County Jail where he had been held since his arrest on December 9, according to a statement by Weirich.

Smith was indicted by a grand jury on first-degree charges Tuesday in the shooting death of Young Dolph, whose real name was Adolph Robert Thornton Jr.

He was also indicted on additional charges 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.

A warrant for Johnson’s arrest was issued by the US Marshals, Memphis Police Department and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation on January 5.

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Johnson has been charged by investigators with first-degree murder, criminal attempt-first-degree murder and theft of property between $10-60,000.

On Saturday, Johnson took to his social media page Saturday to not only say he wasn’t guilty but to announce he would turn himself in to cops on Monday.

Johnson maintains his innocence, writing: “Turning Myself In Monday @201 I’m Innocent I’ll Be Back Sooner Than You Can Blink.”

When asked if Johnson had turned himself in like promised on social media, the Memphis Police Department told The US Sun they had “not received any updates” regarding this.

Johnson claimed he was going to turn himself in to Shelby County Jail; however, the county’s Sheriff’s Office confirmed to The US Sun that he had not done so as of Monday afternoon.

A spokesperson added that there was no indication he had done so as of Tuesday morning.

Young Dolph was gunned down outside a Memphis bakery in November 2021

Young Dolph was gunned down outside a Memphis bakery in November 2021Credit: Getty
A warrant was issued for Johnson's arrest on January 5 in connection to the rapper's death

A warrant was issued for Johnson’s arrest on January 5 in connection to the rapper’s deathCredit: Straight Drop

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