Federal and local authorities have arrested and arrested two people wanted and charged in connection with the shooting death of Young Dolph, a Memphis rapper who was killed at a South Memphis cookie shop in November. Justin Johnson, 23, was arrested by federal authorities in Indiana on Tuesday afternoon.
Johnson, a Memphis rapper also known as StraightDrop, posted on social media over the weekend that he planned to turn himself in to police on Monday, January 10, but that didn‘t happen, and he was arrested by police in Indiana around 3 p. m. m. on Tuesday, January 11.
The second suspect has been identified as Cornelius Smith.
Cornelius Smith was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder in Thornton‘s death. He was also wanted by police on charges of attempted first-degree murder, possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm for a dangerous crime and theft of more than $10,000 in property.
Cornelius Smith was arrested on a auto theft warrant for stealing a stolen white Mercedes-Benz in the parking lot of makeda‘s cookies at 2370 Airways in Southaven on December 9, where Young Dolph was killed, authorities said.
The 2014 Mercedes was stolen in a carjacking at a gas station in the 2800 block of Kirby Road in Memphis on November 10, 2021. The car was found by Memphis police in the back of a home in the 1100 block of Bradley Street in Orange Mound on November 20.
Smith was extradited tuesday from the DeSoto County Jail in Hernando to 201 Poplar, where he remained without bail.
Federal Marshals and Memphis police announced on January 5 that Johnson was a suspect in the killing of Young Dolph, whose real name is Adolph Thornton Jr. , but did not say they had also arrested Smith in connection with Thornton‘s killing.
Thornton and several others, including his brother, customers and store employees, were inside the cookie shop, but Thornton was the only one shot in the gunfire. He died at the scene.
Two masked gunmen, both hooded, fled in a stolen Mercedes. Forepothes of the popular rapper‘s murder, authorities said Johnson was a suspect in a press release. And he offered a $15,000 reward for information about his whereabouts. It is not yet known if there will be anyone to take the prize money.
On an Instagram page reportedly belonging to Johnson, he previously wrote, “I feel innocent on Monday @201. I‘ll be back sooner than you can wink. ”
In addition to the first-degree murder warrant in Dolph‘s death, Johnson also has a warrant for violating federal probation for an earlier weapons charge.