Man named as person of interest in Young Dolph killing arrested on unrelated warrant

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A person of interest in the murder of Young Dolph is now in custody on an unrelated warrant, records show.

Devin Burns, 26, along with Joshua Taylor, 26, were named as persons of interest over the weekend.

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Young Dolph, whose real name was Adolph Thornton, Jr., was gunned down inside Makeda’s Homemade Cookies Nov. 17, 2021.

Burns had an unrelated warrant for aggravated assault charges and a theft of property charge.

According to an affidavit, on June 6, 2021, a Jeep Grand Cherokee was stolen from Watkins Automotive in the 5400 block of Elmore Road.

On June 30, Memphis Police recovered the vehicle on Deer Forest Drive; the vehicle was towed to the city lot.

Fingerprints lifted from the passenger window and two chemically-processed pieces of paper inside were the same as finger impressions belonging to Burns, the affidavit said.

The vehicle’s owner told police he did not know Burns.

On Jan. 7, the owner of a local salon and tax service on Park Avenue said she saw a man armed with a gun pacing back and forth in front of both businesses.

According to an affidavit, he was making threats to kill everyone inside.

He was later identified as Burns.

The woman told police she saw Burns firing shots toward the businesses, according to the affidavit.

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Burns was arrested overnight and booked into 201 Poplar, records show.

He and Taylor were only named as persons of interest to investigators and not suspects in the rapper’s murder.

Last month, accused gunmen Justin Johnson and Cornelius Smith were arrested and charged with crimes relating to the murder of Young Dolph. Smith obtained an attorney in February and Johnson was assigned an attorney.

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