Fourth Suspect In Young Dolph Murder Is In Custody

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The suspect turned himself in to authorities and will be charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.

Young Dolph's passing continues to shock and affect the hip-hop community, as more details develop in his murder case. Most recently, a fourth suspect of his death turned himself in to the police on November 18th. This follows last week's indictment of a third suspect and a posthumous Dolph single this week.

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According to investigative reports, the suspect (named Jermarcus Johnson) surrendered to the police. However, authorities have not revealed his potential involvement in the case. Police will formally charge Johnson with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder when arraigned. As mentioned, authorities indicted a third suspect named Hernandez Govan last week and charged him with conspiracy.

Given police reports, prosecutors allege that Govan hired Justin "Straight Drop" Johnson and Cornelius Smith to murder the Memphis rapper. Johnson, 23, is a rapper, while Smith, 32, is reportedly an associate of this crew. Both men face first-degree murder charges for participating in the fatal shooting outside Makeda's Cookies bakery. It's been a little over a year since that tragic day.

While authorities have yet to illuminate motives behind Dolph's murder, the case's fourth suspect is related to "Straight Drop." As such, potential connections in this case will likely be explained or dismissed in court.

A fifth suspect, Shundale Bartnett, was arrested in Indiana but released for unknown reasons. Bartnett faces a first-degree murder charge, AllHipHop reports. However, it's unclear if the warrant relates to Dolph's case specifically. State authorities believe Bartnett helped Johnson escape from Memphis to Indiana after the shooting.

These developments come just a day after the anniversary of Young Dolph's tragic passing. During this time, many in the industry and in his community are celebrating his memory. His estate released the single "Get Away" from his upcoming posthumous album, Paper Route Frank. Additionally, Key Glock honored his late close collaborator on his new mixtape PRE5L.

His partner Mia Jaye reflected on his loss, her healing journey, and how the family is processing the tragedy. Stay tuned to HotNewHipHop for the latest on the tragic case of Young Dolph's murder, and the continuation of his legacy and artistry. Long Live Young Dolph.

About The Author
Gabriel Bras Nevares is a music and pop culture news writer for HotNewHipHop. He started in 2022 as a weekend writer and, since joining the team full-time, has developed a strong knowledge in hip-hop news and releases. Whether it’s regular coverage or occasional interviews and album reviews, he continues to search for the most relevant news for his audience and find the best new releases in the genre. What excites him the most is finding pop culture stories of interest, as well as a deeper passion for the art form of hip-hop and its contemporary output. Specifically, Gabriel enjoys the fringes of rap music: the experimental, boundary-pushing, and raw alternatives to the mainstream sound. As a proud native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, he also stays up-to-date with the archipelago’s local scene and its biggest musical exponents in reggaetón, salsa, indie, and beyond. Before working at HotNewHipHop, Gabriel produced multiple short documentaries, artist interviews, venue spotlights, and audio podcasts on a variety of genres and musical figures. Hardcore punk and Go-go music defined much of his coverage during his time at the George Washington University in D.C. His favorite hip-hop artists working today are Tyler, The Creator, Boldy James, JPEGMAFIA, and Earl Sweatshirt.