Man indicted for murder of Young Dolph hires new lawyer

Justin Johnson represented by new lawyer Luke Evans
Justin Johnson represented by new lawyer Luke Evans(Action News 5)
Published: Sep. 19, 2022 at 11:15 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 19, 2022 at 11:19 AM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - One of the suspects indicted for the murder of Memphis rapper Young Dolph hired a new lawyer to represent him in the case.

Justin “Straight Drop” Johnson, 25, is now being represented by Attorney Luke Evans.

Johnson was without a lawyer up until February when the attorneys on the case were announced. He was being represented by high-profile attorney Juni Ganguli.

Now he will be represented by Evans, a University of Memphis Law School graduate who has handled multiple murder cases, according to the Evans Bulloch Parker law firm.

Johnson is indicted on the following charges

  • First-degree murder
  • Criminal attempt first-degree murder
  • Unlawful carrying or possession of a weapon
  • Employment of a firearm with intent to commit a felony
  • Theft of property 10,000-$60,000

Johnson and Cornelius Smith, also indicted in Dolph’s murder, are due in court once again on Nov. 4 -- just days before the one-year anniversary of the rapper’s murder.

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