Young Dolph Shooting: Federal and local authorities arrest 2 men in connection with the fatal shooting of rapper

The rapper, real name Adolph Robert Thornton, Jr., was shot dead on November 17, 2021 at Makeda’s Homemade Butter Cookies in Memphis. The 36-year-old is survived by two children.

Justin Johnson, 23, was captured Tuesday in Indiana by the US Marshal Service, according to a federal agency statement. He was wanted for first degree murder. The US Marshals Service, the Memphis Police Department, Crime Stoppers and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have previously offered a reward of up to $ 15,000 for information leading to Johnson’s capture.

Johnson is also a rapper called Straight Drop. A press conference will take place on Wednesday for authorities to provide more information on Johnson’s arrest.

Cornelius Smith, 32, is the other man arrested in connection with Young Dolph’s death. Smith was arrested on December 9 in Southaven, about 210 miles northeast of Memphis, on a car theft warrant involving the white Mercedes Benz used in the Young Dolph shooting, according to a press release from the Shelby County Attorney General’s Office.

Authorities discovered the vehicle was taken in a car hijacking on November 10. The vehicle was then recovered on November 20 after reports the vehicle had been abandoned shortly after Young Dolph’s murder three days earlier, the statement said.

Smith was charged Tuesday with charges of first degree murder as well as other counts of attempted first degree murder, convicted felon in possession of a firearm, use of a handgun. fire in the commission of a dangerous crime and theft of property over $ 10,000, the release said. The attempted murder charge comes from Young Dolph’s brother, who was with the rapper at the time of his death.

Smith had been held in DeSoto County Jail, but was extradited and transferred to Shelby County Jail on Tuesday.

CNN could not immediately determine whether Cornelius Smith or Justin Johnson obtained legal advice.

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