Arrest warrant issued for released suspect in Young Dolph murder investigation

Published: Feb. 17, 2022 at 11:42 AM CST
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Law enforcement issued an arrest warrant for a third suspect believed to be involved in the murder of 36-year-old Memphis rapper Young Dolph.

Clay County Sheriff’s Office in Indiana says suspect Shundale Barnett was released on Jan. 21 after being arrested along with Justin Johnson on Jan. 11.

The two were tracked down at a truck stop in Brazil, Indiana.

Action News 5 reached out to U.S Marshals, Memphis police, and Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich to clarify why Barnett was let go.

When asked at a press conference Thursday, Weirich said, “I can’t, because it’s a pending case. It is a pending investigation, it is a pending prosecution, and we can’t get into that at this time. When we can, we will answer all those questions that I know the public has.”

Investigators said Barnett is believed to have been providing assistance to Johnson since the beginning of the investigation and is now charged with being an accessory after the fact to first-degree murder.

Police Chief CJ Davis said she’s grateful for the community’s help in solving murders like this.

“A lot of the success we’ve had even in the Young Dolph case and some of the other cases is that our community members are providing information about criminal activity in their neighborhoods,” said Davis. “I quite frankly believe that some of our community members have had enough, and they want to be more engaged too.”

Shelby County Sheriff’s Office says there is an active warrant out for Barnett that was issued on the same day of his arrest.

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