Law enforcement agencies reveal new information about two men charged in killing Young Dolph

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — New details are coming to light in the arrest of the two people charged with killing the Memphis Rap Legend Young Dolph.

The news conference comes less than a day after the story broke across the world. Tips came in from across the country and Memphis Police vetted hundreds of leads to arrest these individuals.

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U.S. Marshals have logged hundreds and hundreds of hours, checking in Indianapolis, Dallas, Houston, and Atlanta, following different tips, according to U.S. Marshall Tyreece Miller.

Officials in Virginia received a tip that Justin Johnson was traveling on Highway 42 in Indiana.

U.S. Marshals Great Lakes was contacted to help, stopped a car as it pulled into a truck stop in Brazil, Indiana outside of Terre Haute, and apprehended Johnson safely.

There was one other person in the car with Johnson, Shundale Barnett, 27, who was allegedly providing assistance to Johnson since authorities have been looking for him and will face accessory charges.

Johnson and Barnett are being held in separate jails in Indiana while awaiting extradition to Memphis.

The Putnam County Sheriffs Office in Indiana shared photos of Johnson and Burnett being taken into custody.

According to the U.S. Marshals Service, Barnett has been charged with accessory after the fact to first-degree murder, criminal attempt to commit first-degree murder and theft of property between $10,000 and $60,000.

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Johnson waived everything to be extradited to Memphis immediately.

Memphis Police Chief CJ Davis thanked multiple agencies for their help in arresting all the suspects in the murder of Young Dolph.

The case will be handled in the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office, according to District Attorney Amy Weirich.

When Johnson was 17-years-old, he was accused of raping a woman at a hotel and also served Federal time and was released in May of 2021 from the Federal Bureau of Prisons, officials said.

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“At this particular time, we cannot discuss the specifics of the evidence because indictments are still pending,” Chief Davis said. “There was enough evidence to get the case to this point.”

Another name that came up during the press conference was Terrion Owens, the man who was allegedly with Cornelius Smith during the November carjacking of the white Mercedes that was used and later recovered.

Court documents obtained by FOX13 show Owens was originally arrested and charged with the carjacking as well as convicted felon possession of the handgun, aggravated assault, and other felonies on November 12, 2021.

By Dec. 2, three weeks later, all seven charges were dismissed.

FOX13 asked Chief Davis about Owens; she had this to say.

“Any person that might be associated with a specific crime is a person of interest. I’m not sure at what point or what level Mr. Owens is involved in this, we’re still investigating, and as we mentioned before, this may have a rippling effect. There may be more involvement and more charges in the days to come,” Davis said.

Chief Davis also said that there could be more evidence that leads to more people being connected to this crime.

At this time, Owens has not been named as a suspect in this case by law enforcement and those original charges were dropped.

Owens was also behind bars when Young Dolph was murdered on Nov. 17.

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The U.S. Marshals said that one of the suspects, 23-year-old Justin Johnson, was captured in Indiana on Tuesday, Jan. 11 around 3 p.m.

According to the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office, the second suspected gunman, Cornelius Smith, was also arrested and booked into Shelby County Jail, charged with first-degree murder for the rapper’s death.

Smith is also charged with attempted murder for allegedly shooting at Young Dolph’s brother, who was with him inside Makeda’s Cookies at the time of the shooting.

Johnson’s arrest comes less than a week after the Marshals identified him as one of the people responsible for the death of Young Dolph, whose real name was Adolph Robert Thornton Jr.

Johnson took to social media shortly before his capture, announcing that he would turn himself in at 201 Poplar, but he never showed up, according to the Shelby County District Attorney’s office.

Smith, 32, is also charged with first-degree murder, along with attempted first-degree murder, unlawfully carrying or possessing a weapon, employment of a firearm with intent to commit a felony, and theft of property between $10,000 and $60,000.

Smith was arrested on Dec. 9 in Southaven on an auto-theft warrant involving the white Mercedes Benz vehicle used in Young Dolph’s murder, according to the office of Shelby County District Attorney Weirich.

Weirich’s office said that the Mercedes was stolen in a carjacking on Nov. 10 at a gas station on Kirby Rd. Working on information from a tipster who said the car was used in the murder of Young Dolph, police found the car on Nov. 20 in the 1100 block of Bradley St. in Orange Mound, three days after the world-renowned artist was gunned down.

Southaven Police Chief Macon Moore told FOX13 that Smith was stopped on Airways Blvd. by the Dollar General just north of Rasco Rd. and arrested for a property crime.

Smith was extradited from DeSoto County Jail to Shelby County Jail on Tuesday, Jan. 11.

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