Suspect pleads guilty in Young Dolph murder case
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - One of the men accused in Young Dolph’s murder pleaded guilty in his court hearing on Friday morning.
Jermarcus Johnson, 26, is accused as an accessory after the fact of conspiring to murder Memphis rapper Young Dolph.
He admitted to assisting his brother Justin Johnson in the days after the rapper was killed by taking possession of Justin Johnson’s cell phone and car, so authorities would think Justin was not in Memphis.
“With regard to Jermarcus Johnson as we announced in court, he had no role in the murder of Dolph before it happened, he had no role in the murder of Dolph when it happened,” prosecutor Paul Hagerman said.
Johnson may be called as a witness to testify against the other suspects if their cases go to trial.
He faces between 6 and 12 years in prison.
The other three suspects are expected in court next month.
“It was very important for Jermarcus and his family--for everyone--to understand that he had nothing to do whatsoever with the murder,” Johnson’s attorney Josh Corman said. “He had no knowledge of the murder before it happened. He certainly wasn’t conspiring with anyone to plan a murder, didn’t know the murder had happened obviously until weeks later (and) learned about it through social media.”
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