Young Dolph was tragically shot and killed nearly two years ago, and now justice draws closer as his alleged killers will finally see their day in court.
On Friday (July 14), a trial date was set for the alleged killers (Justin Johnson and Cornelius Smith) of Young Dolph (Adolph Thornton Jr.), who was fatally shot at Makeda’s Homemade Cookies in Memphis, Tennessee on November 17, 2021.
According to Billboard, the accused individuals, Johnson and Smith, who have both pleaded not guilty to charges, including first-degree murder, are scheduled to stand trial on March 11 in the fatal shooting of the Memphis-born rapper.
The motive for the killing of Young Dolph has not been disclosed at this time.
Last month, the murder case encountered an obstacle when a person of interest, Joshua Taylor, was shot and killed. According to ABC24, Joshua Taylor was found dead on the corner of Spottswood Avenue and Buntyn Street in the Orange Mound district of Memphis.
Authorities appealed to the public for help in identifying the potential killer or killers of Joshua Taylor, also known as “CEO Teezy.” Taylor was named as a person of interest in Young Dolph’s murder in February 2022, along with Devin Burns.
Meanwhile, Johnson and Smith were arrested and identified as the main suspects in the shooting, were given deadlines to find their defense lawyers. According to court documents, Smith managed to obtain a lawyer, while Johnson had a lawyer appointed to him.
At that time, Jemarcus Johnson, aged 26, who was accused of assisting his brother Justin and Cornelius Smith in evading capture by the police following Young Dolph’s murder, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.
Additionally, Jemarcus Johnson admitted to taking possession of his brother’s cell phone and car in an effort to mislead authorities into believing that Justin was not present in Memphis. As a result of his involvement in Young Dolph’s murder, Jemarcus Johnson now faces a potential prison sentence ranging from six to twelve years.
“Conspiracy is a wide range of things,” Shelby County prosecutor Paul Hagerman previously said in court. “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.”
Jemarcus Johnson’s plea came shortly after the revelation that his brother, Justin, was caught with drugs and a cell phone in jail last month while held in the Shelby County Jail.