Young Dolph’s Suspected Killers Straight Drop, AKA Justin Johnson, and Cornelius Smith Are Now In Custody

The two men alleged to have shot and killed rapper Young Dolph last year were off the streets on Tuesday, authorities said.

Justin Johnson, 23, was arrested in Indiana on charges of first degree murder, attempted murder and theft of property. He had declared his innocence and promised to turn himself in on his Instagram profile on Monday, but did not keep the promise.

The same day, Cornelius Smith, 32, was indicted on charges of first degree murder, attempted first degree murder, unlawful possession of a firearm, illegal use of a firearm and theft of property in connection with the murder.

Smith was arrested last month on a car theft warrant related to the getaway car used after the alleged murder, a white Mercedes-Benz sedan. He is being held without bail. Police say the car was stolen on Nov. 10, a week before the shooting. Authorities recovered it three days later.

Young Dolph, officially named Adolph Thornton Jr., was shot and killed at noon on Nov. 17 in Memphis while visiting a cookie store he loved, Makeda’s Butter Cookies. He was 36. He had survived previous shootings, two in 2017 alone.

Johnson had used the allegations against him as a viral tweet, dropping a new song at the height of his fame rather than turning himself in to the police. He released “Track Hawk” on January 10, the same day he promised to surrender to custody.

The Shelby County District Attorney, where the two men are indicted, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


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