Young Dolph murder suspects appear in court

Justin Johnson and Cornelius Smith
Justin Johnson and Cornelius Smith
Published: Jul. 29, 2022 at 5:52 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 29, 2022 at 10:15 AM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - The two men accused of killing Memphis rapper Young Dolph were back in court Friday morning.

Justin Johnson and Cornelius Smith were identified as suspects in Dolph’s murder back in January.

Both remain behind bars facing murder charges in the death of Young Dolph.

Since the death of Young Dolph last November, both men have appeared in Shelby County court multiple times.

Smith is facing two murder charges, two theft charges, and more. Johnson is facing those same charges, along with violating the conditions of his release from a sex offender case back in 2015.

Young Dolph was shot and killed on November 17, 2021, at Makeda’s Homemade Butter Cookies onAirways Boulevard in Memphis. A favorite place of Young Dolph’s when he was in the Bluff City.

Johnson was sentenced to two years in prison for the violations of his release.

Neither Johnson nor Smith have been convicted or sentenced for the charges they face related to Dolph’s murder.

Following Friday’s hearing, Johnson will be back in court on Aug. 2 to attempt to be moved to the correctional facility and Smith did not receive bond.

They are both due back in court on Sept. 16.

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