Man accused in Young Dolph murder loses phone privileges after allegedly releasing rap song in jail

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Jermarcus Johnson, the fourth man accused in the murder of rapper Young Dolph, made his first court appearance at 201 Poplar Tuesday morning.

Johnson is charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.

Young Dolph, whose real name was Adolph Thornton, Jr., died after being shot multiple times inside Makeda’s Cookies on Airways Boulevard Nov. 17, 2021.

Authorities said he was shot 22 times.

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Johnson was taken into custody Friday after turning himself in to the Multi-Agency Gang Unit.

Three other men have been arrested in connection to Young Dolph’s murder.

Jermarcus Johnson’s half-brother Justin Johnson, also known by his stage name Straight Drop, was arrested, along with Cornelius Smith.

Shelby County District Attorney Steve Mulroy named Justin Johnson and Smith as the two gunmen who shot into Makeda’s.

FOX13 learned in court that Justin Johnson’s phone privileges have been suspended after he allegedly released a rap song through a jail phone.

He can now only communicate with his attorney.

Judge Lee Coffee said Justin Johnson is under an interim order for administrative isolation, meaning he cannot use the phone or have any visitation privileges unless it is his attorney.

Hernandez Govan has also been arrested. Mulroy said that Govan is the one who ordered the murder.

He pled not guilty to all charges last week.

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According to an indictment against Jermarcus Johnson authorities believe he hid Justin Johnson and Smith after the shooting and helped the two men get away in the wake of the murder.

His bond has been set at $300,000.

His family is expected to hire an attorney Tuesday afternoon.

He is slated to appear back in court Dec. 16.

Justin Johnson and Cornelius Smith will be back in court Jan. 20.