Third man charged in Memphis rapper Young Dolph’s murder

Published: Nov. 10, 2022 at 6:43 PM CST
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - A third suspect has been charged in connection with the murder of Memphis rapper Young Dolph.

Shelby County District Attorney Steve Mulroy confirms that Hernandez Govan, 43, was indicted by a grand jury on three charges on Nov. 10.

Govan is charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, and criminal attempt first-degree murder.

The interesting thing about this indictment, 43-year-old Hernandez Govan is the only suspect charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.

According to his case information, that charge is from June 2021 which could indicate he planned to kill Young Dolph months before it happened.

Govan is no stranger to the justice system.

He’s been in and out of jail for the past 26 years for various crimes including aggravated assault, drug possession, and more.

The day Young Dolph was murdered, Govan was in jail serving time for a June 2021 aggravated assault.

According to a police affidavit, a female bartender told police that she and Govan got into an argument about how she was treating his girlfriend.

The bartender accused Govan of hitting her knocking her to the ground and pulling her hair.

The affidavit says the bartender was left with a black eye and a broken finger.

Govan was released from jail earlier this year, but is now back in custody.

He is the only one of the three suspects charged in Young Dolph’s murder to be indicted for conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, meaning investigators could have evidence that Govan planned to kill Dolph.

A court appearance date for Govan has not been announced yet.

Justin Johnson, 25, and Cornelius Smith, 32, are also charged with Dolph’s murder.

Young Dolph was shot at bakery Makeda’s Homemade Cookies on Airways Boulevard on November 17, 2021.

The 36-year-old rapper liked to visit Makeda’s every time he visited the Bluff City, according to individuals close to him.

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