Third suspect arrested in Young Dolph murder case

Written by on January 14, 2022

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After two men were arrested earlier this week in connection with the murder of Young Dolph, a third suspect was taken into custody Wednesday.

Shundale Barnett, 27, has been charged with being an after-the-fact accessory to first-degree murder, according to

U.S. Marshall Tyreece Miller said that after a $15,000 reward was offered for information leading to an arrest, over 500 tips were received, taking the investigation to Indianapolis, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta and Hampton, Virginia.

As previously reported, Justin Johnson, 23, was captured on Tuesday afternoon, nearly a week after law enforcement announced that he was wanted by police in connection with a number of alleged charges, including first-degree murder, criminal attempted first-degree murder and property theft.

A second suspect, Cornelius Smith, 32, was indicted by a grand jury on Tuesday on first-degree murder charges in the shooting death of the Memphis rapper, said Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich.

Smith was also indicted on additional charges of attempted first-degree murder, being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, employment of a firearm in the commission of a dangerous felony and property theft. Young Dolph’s brother, who was with the rapper when he was killed, is the victim in the attempted murder count.

Young Dolph, whose given name was Adolph Robert Thornton Jr., was shot and killed in Memphis on November 17 while visiting Makeda’s Homemade Butter Cookies, a bakery in South Memphis that the rapper was known to frequent. He was 36.

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