2 men accused of killing Young Dolph will head back to court July 29

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Two men accused of killing rapper Young Dolph appeared back in court briefly on Friday morning.

Justin Johnson, aka Straight Drop, and Cornelius Smith appeared before a judge at 201 Poplar.

Smith’s bond hearing will be held July 18, then both men will head back to court July 29.

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Smith’s attorney Michael Scholl spoke to FOX13 about the process of getting his client a bond and what all will play into the hearing.

Johnson’s attorney Juni Ganguli, as well as Scholl, said in court they both have received more than 800 pages of discovery.

Scholl said now he’s set to receive audio and video from the DA’s office to review.

Both men are accused of gunning down Young Dolph at Makeda’s Cookies on Airways Boulevard in South Memphis.

The shooting happened Nov. 17, 2021, when the rapper went to the bakery to buy cookies for his mom.

Minutes after he walked into the store, gunfire ripped through the store’s windows, leaving bullets and glass scattered in the front lobby and the 36-year-old rapper dead.

An autopsy would later reveal that Young Dolph suffered 22 gunshot wounds to the neck, back, and torso that day.

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In January, Johnson and Smith were both formally indicted in the killing.

According to the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office, Smith was charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder for allegedly shooting at Young Dolph’s brother. The rapper’s brother was inside the bakery at the time of the murder.

Johnson faces multiple charges including first-degree murder, attempted murder, and theft of property $10,000 - $60,000.

In February 2022, Johnson and Smith both pleaded not guilty.

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