2 men accused in murder of Young Dolph to reappear before a judge in May

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Two men accused in the murder of Memphis rapper Young Dolph appeared in a Shelby County courtroom Thursday morning.

Cornelius Smith and Justin Johnson are both facing first-degree murder and other charges in connection with the rapper’s death.

Young Dolph, whose real named was Adolph Thornton, Jr., was gunned down in November 2021 outside Makeda’s Cookies, a South Memphis bakery on Airways Boulevard.

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The rapper suffered 22 gunshot wounds during the shooting, according to an autopsy report.

Smith, 32, and Johnson, 23, were both indicted in January.

Johnson, who also goes by Straight Drop, was captured in Indiana on Jan. 11, officials said.

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Cornelius Smith’s bond hearing was reset to allow his attorney more time to gather witnesses to testify.

Both Smith and Johnson’s attorneys are waiting to receive video evidence and other discovery.

Smith’s bond hearing and Johnson’s report date will be May 27th.

Thursday marked Johnson’s first time in criminal court since a federal judge sentenced him to 24 months in prison last week for a supervised release violation.

An arrest warrant has been issued for a third man, Shundale Bartnett, on charges of including first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder.

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Barnett remains at large.

A mural to Young Dolph was recently completed at the Community Grocery Store at Castalia and Boyle.