Young Dolph Murder Suspect Pleads Guilty, Faces Up to 12 Years in Prison

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One of the suspects in Young Dolph’s murder has confessed to helping out his brother, who is suspected of killing the Memphis rapper in November 2021.

According to ABC 13, Jemarcus Johnson, 26 — who was accused of helping his brother Justin Johnson and Cornelius Smith evade police capture after Young Dolph’s murder — pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit first-degree murder on Friday (June 9.

He also confessed to taking possession of his brother’s cell phone and car so authorities would not think Justin was in Memphis.

“Conspiracy is a wide range of things,” Shelby County prosecutor Paul Hagerman said in court on Friday. “They include people that were acting in the conspiracy before the murder happened. But also the people that were acting afterward. The charges that have been filed now against Jemarcus make it clear that he did things afterwards.”

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Jemarcus may potentially be summoned as a witness to testify against his brother and the other two accused suspects. His involvement in Young Dolph’s murder could result in a prison sentence ranging from six to 12 years. Young Dolph was tragically shot and killed during a visit to a bakery in his hometown.

Jemarcus Johnson’s guilty plea comes after it was revealed his brother Justin was caught with drugs and a cell phone in jail earlier this month while being detained at the Shelby County Jail.

According to local media source WREG, John Morris, a spokesperson for the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, confirmed that Justin was found with the prohibited contraband in his cell, but he would not provide any other information. Investigations are being conducted right now.

In the past, Johnson’s cell phone privileges had been revoked after he released a song from jail called “No Statements,” on which he addressed the murder of Dolph. The video was recorded on a cell phone.

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The news shortly came after  Goven — the alleged mastermind behind Young Dolph’s murder — was released on a $90,000 bond last month.

Govan’s release, however, was conditioned on complying with house arrest, as stated by Judge Coffee. Govan is only permitted to leave his home in case of an emergency or to consult with his attorney.

But perhaps most shockingly of all is that Young Dolph’s family reportedly gave approval for Govan to be released on bond to the Shelby County District Attorney, Steve Mulroy.

On November 17, 2021, in Memphis, Govan is suspected of sending Johnson and Cornelius Smith Jr. to shoot dolph dead in broad daylight while he was standing outside Makeda’s Homemade Cookies. Another suspect, Shundale Barnett, was freed from the Ft. Worth, Texas jail where he was being held on an undisclosed charge back in January.

Together with Johnson, the main suspect in the case, Barnett was arrested and charged as an accessory after the fact.