Young Dolph was taken from us far too young, and he had so much more to give to the rap industry. The well-known Memphis drill rapper was the self-proclaimed King of his own city, but we now know how harshly he was punished in his horrific death. However, the legal procedure to convict the Memphis rapper’s killers is currently underway.

The two men suspected of murdering rapper Young Dolph appeared in court to face charges related to the artist’s death. Cornelius Smith and Justin “Straight Dropp” Johnson appeared in a Shelby County courtroom last week to face first-degree murder charges in the rapper’s fatal shooting outside of the Makeda’s Cookies bakery in November 2021, according to FOX 13.

The men have been apprehended, indicted, and charged with the murder of the rapper, who was shot 22 times and died from his injuries on November 17, 2022. Both men’s attorneys asked to review video evidence and discovery linking them to the murder after Smith’s bond hearing was reset to allow the lawyers to prepare witnesses to testify on their behalf.

Smith’s bond hearing has now been set for May 27th. The date for Johnson’s report has been set for the same day. Johnson was sentenced to 24 months in jail for a supervised release violation just a week ago.


Shundale Bartnett, another suspect, is still on the loose. On two counts of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder, the county has issued an arrest warrant for him. He was first charged with being an accessory after reportedly being a passenger in Johnson’s car. Clay County Sheriff Paul Harden released a statement to the public about this matter.

“On January 11th, Mr. Shundale Barnett was brought to the Clay County Jail by the Indiana State Police from an arrest on I-70. He was booked in the Clay County Jail on an outstanding warrant from Shelby County, Tennessee.”

“We held them (Johnson and Barnett), contacted Shelby County, and held him (Barnett) on their warrant, and we were contacted on January 21st, and they told us that they were no longer wanting to come up and pick up Mr. Barnett and that we were to release him at that time.”

After Dolph was killed, the state alleged Barnett assisted Johnson in fleeing from Memphis to Indiana. In Indiana, Barnett was arrested. However, Shelby County, according to Indiana officials, ordered them to let Barnett go. The U.S. Marshals Service stated that he also faces theft of property charges when he is arrested.

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