Suspect in Young Dolph murder makes first court appearance

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — One of the accused gunmen in the murder of Memphis rapper Young Dolph appeared in court for the first time Thursday.

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Cornelius Smith faced a judge after being extradited from Southaven, where he was arrested on Dec. 9.

Smith, 32, was arrested on theft charges related to the white Mercedes used in Young Dolph’s killing.

No bond was set, and no lawyer was present for Smith in court.

His case is now headed to criminal court.

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Young Dolph was gunned down Nov. 17, 2021, while buying cookies at Makeda’s, a South Memphis bakery.

Smith is charged with first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder, for allegedly shooting at Young Dolph’s brother.

He’s also charged with 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, officials said.

The Mercedes was stolen in a carjacking on Nov. 10 at a gas station at Poplar and Kirby, according to the Shelby County DA.

A tipster told police the car was used in the murder of Young Dolph.

Police located the car Nov. 20 in the 1100 block of Bradley Street in Orange Mound, three days after Young Dolph’s death.

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A second suspect, Justin Johnson, also known as Straight Drop, is also charged in the killing.

FOX13 is still waiting to confirm when he will be extradited to Memphis after his arrest in Indiana this week.

A lawyer who was reportedly representing Johnson told FOX13 he is not representing anyone in the case.