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Young Dolph Suspected Killers Arrested

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Young Dolph Suspected Killers Arrested

The two men believed to have shot Young Dolph outside of Makeda’s homemade cookies have been arrested.

Justin Johnson was taken into custody on Tuesday (January 11) after a manhunt, reports Fox13Memphis. The 23-year-old was captured by U.S. Marshals Officers in Indiana and faces a slew of charges including first-degree murder.

The second suspected gunman, 32-year-old Cornelius Smith, was also booked into Shelby County Jail and charged with first-degree murder for the Memphis rapper’s death on November 17.

Johnson has additional charges of theft of property between $10,000 and $60,000 and outstanding warrant for violation of federal release related to a weapons conviction while Smith has additional charges of attempted first-degree murder, unlawfully carrying or possessing a weapon, employment of a firearm with intent to commit a felony and theft of property between $10,000 and $60,000.

As previously reported by Creative, police announced last week that Johnson was wanted for shooting and killing Young Dolph and were offering a $15,000 reward for information leading to his arrest. Johnson, a rapper who goes by the name Straight Drop, went on social media Saturday (January )to announce plans to turn himself in on Monday (January 10), but he never did, and used the free publicity to release a video instead.

Leading up to his arrest, Johnson appears to have filmed a music video at the same home where cops recovered a white Mercedes, which they believe is the getaway car used in Dolph’s murder.

Young Dolph was shot and killed on November 17, 2021 as he was picking up cookies at Makeda’s. He was 36.

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