Authorities also said they have yet to determine a motive for the shooting. Young Dolph, real name Adolph Thornton Jr., was shot down in a daytime ambush at a popular cookie shop in Memphis on November 17.
Justin Johnson, who was arrested Tuesday in Indiana, nearly two months after the murder, is in juvenile custody after he was tried at age 17 on aggravated rape and robbery charges. Shelby County Attorney Amy Weirich told a News conference. Mr. Weirich added that he had also been arrested for shooting three people dead at a bowling alley and had been arrested on drug and weapon charges.
Johnson, 23, was traveling on a highway in Indiana on Tuesday when authorities from the US marshals’ office stopped and arrested him outside Terre Haute, US Marshal Tyreece Miller said. Johnson is being held for violating federal probation and appeared before a federal judge in Indiana on Wednesday, Miller said. Authorities issued an arrest warrant for him on first-degree murder and other charges. Miller said he would be extradited to Memphis.
A passenger in the vehicle, Shondale Barnett, 27, was also arrested and charged with making an accessory following first-degree murder and is awaiting extradition to Tennessee, Miller said.
Cornelius Smith, 32, was serving a three-year sentence for aggravated robbery and assault, Weirich said. He was arrested last month for an auto theft warrant related to the vehicle used in Young Dolph’s murder, and a grand jury indicted him on first-degree murder and other charges. on Tuesday. He is being held at the Shelby County Jail in Memphis.
Earlier, police said two men got out of a white Mercedes-Benz and opened fire on Makeda’s Homemade Cookies bakery, where Young Dolph, 36, was buying cookies and killed him. Police have released photos taken from surveillance video recording the shooting. Memphis Police Superintendent Cerelyn “CJ” Davis said Wednesday that she was unable to provide details on the evidence or hypothesize a motive in the shooting.
“We’re just not ready to put it out there right now,” she said. Authorities said they received more than 500 tips from people in Indianapolis, Houston, Dallas and Virginia.
“It’s a big case,” Miller said. “This is a big broblem.” The shooting left Memphis stunned and shocked the entertainment world. City officials and community activists see the killing as a symbol of the dangers of gun violence in Memphis, where more than 300 homicides were reported last year.
Known for his depictions of tough street life and his independent approach to the music business, Young Dolph is admired for his philanthropy in Memphis. He organized Thanksgiving food drives, donated thousands of dollars to high schools, paid rent and paid funeral expenses for people in the Castalia Heights neighborhood where he grew up. go up. When he was killed, the 36-year-old rapper was in Memphis handing out turkeys over Thanksgiving and visiting a cancer center.
A private funeral was held on November 30, and a stretch of the street in the neighborhood where he grew up was renamed for him on December 15. He was also honored in a public celebration at FedExForum, home of the NBA’s Memphis Grizzles and the University of Memphis Men’s Basketball Team.
Young Dolph was born in Chicago and moved to Memphis with his parents when he was 2. He has released many mixtape, starting in 2008. Paper Route Campaignand many studio albums, including his 2016 debut album King of Memphis. He also collaborated on many other mixtape and albums with fellow rappers Key Glock, Megan Thee Stallion, TI, Gucci Mane, 2 Chainz and others.
He’s had three Billboard 200 top 10 albums, with 2020 Rich slaves peaked at 4th place.
Young Dolph had survived previous shootings. He was shot multiple times in September 2017 after an altercation outside a Los Angeles hotel. In February of that year, his SUV was shot in Charlotte, North Carolina, more than 100 times. That was the inspiration for the song “100 Shots.” He said he survived because he had bulletproof panels in his car.
https://www.billboard.com/music/rb-hip-hop/young-dolph-slaying-suspects-criminal-history-third-arrest-1235018556/ Young Dolph Kills Prehistoric Suspect, Third Person Arrested – Billboard