MEMPHIS, Tenn. — U.S. Marshals, Memphis Police and Shelby County’s district attorney provided new details Wednesday on the suspects charged in the murder of Memphis rapper Young Dolph
Justin Johnson, 23, also known as Straight Drop, was captured Tuesday afternoon in Indiana. Another man, Cornelius Smith, 32, was already in custody in Mississippi but was indicted in Shelby County on several charges in this case including first-degree murder.
Another man, identified as Shundale Barnett, who is originally from Memphis but lives in Dallas, faces charges of accessory after the fact for a role in helping Johnson, officials said. Barnett was a passenger in the vehicle driven with Johnson when he was captured. He is also being held in the Clay County Indiana Jail and will be extradited back to Memphis.
According to the U.S. Marshals Service, Barnett also faces charges of criminal attempt to commit first-degree murder and theft of property from $10,000 to $60,000.
U.S. Marshal Tyreece Miller said they received more than 500 tips after the announcement of a reward for information on Johnson.
In July 2015, at the age of 17, Johnson was charged with aggravated rape and aggravated robbery, District Attorney Amy Weirich said. In 2017, after his release, he was arrested and sentenced for a shooting at a bowling alley, but was freed nine months later after he requested release.
In May of 2021, following another arrest, he was released from the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Weirich said.
Smith has an earlier charge for aggravated robbery, she said.
Memphis Police Chief CJ Davis said it is possible that more arrests would be made in relation to the late rap star’s death.
“It is very possible. Once we continue to conduct this investigation, there’s no telling where it could potentially lead,” she said. “There could be other individuals who are implicated in this particular homicide.”