Young Dolph murder suspect released from prison after new charges

Young Dolph murder suspect Shundale Barnett has walked out of a Ft. Worth, Texas jail, where he was being held on an undisclosed charge.

According to Fox 13 Memphisthe man left the Tarrant County Jail on December 24, 2022. HipHopDX was unable to confirm Barnett’s exact release date, but a representative at the jail said he likely would not have been held for any length of time beyond posting his bail.

Barnett was charged with accessory to first-degree murder on January 12, 2022, after being caught with the prime suspect in the case, Justin Johnson.

At a press conference at the time, U.S. Marshal Tyreece Miller said Barnett had been charged as an accessory because authorities believed he was aware of Johnson’s fugitive status and helped him evade arrest during a week-long manhunt.

Justin Johnson was transported to the Knox County Indiana Jail and booked on a federal supervised release violation before being transferred to the Shelby County Jail in Memphis, where he remains. Shundale Barnett was being held in the Clay County Jail in Indiana and was also expected to be transferred to Shelby County.

He was instead released from the Indiana facility on January 21, 2022. On February 17 The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office issued a warrant for Barnett’s arrestand admitted that they had “no idea” where he was, WREG reported.

Clay County Sheriff Paul Harden addressed the situation during a press conference the same day.

“On January 11th, Mr. Shundale Barnett was transported to the Clay County Jail by Indiana State Police from an arrest on I-70,” Harden explained. “He was booked into the Clay County Jail on an outstanding warrant out of Shelby County, Tennessee.

“We contacted Shelby County and held him on their warrant,” he continued. him at that time.”

last April, a new arrest warrant had been issued for Shundale Barnett charges of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder. It is unclear if his detention in Texas was connected to either a warrant or to Young Dolph’s murder.

In addition to Johnson, three other men remain in custody in Memphis on charges related to the slain rapper’s death.

According to Fox 13, Memphis police took Jermarcus Johnson into custody on November 18, who morphed into the Multi-Agency Gang Unit after being named as a suspect by the MPD. According to the report, Johnson was charged with conspiracy to commit first degree murder.

The indictment further said authorities believe he helped hide his half-brother Justin Johnson and Cornelius Smith after the fatal shooting, helped the two get away.

A few days earlier, Hernandez Govan was charged with first degree murder, attempted first degree murder, and conspiracy to commit first degree murder. Officials claimed Govan ordered the hit on Young Dolph in a plot he began putting together in June 2021.

Following the arrest of the alleged mastermind, Justin Johnson and Cornelius Smith were indicted for conspiracy, but have not yet been formally charged. About Fox 13their attorneys told Judge Lee Coffee that they both intend to enter a not guilty plea to the additional charge during a hearing on Friday (January 20).

During the same trial, Justin Johnson’s attorney Luke Evans also filed a motion to have Judge Coffee removed from the case to revoke his client’s phone privileges. The judge’s order came after Johnson, also known as Memphis rapper Straight Drop, released a single recorded from prison.

Evans’ complaint centered around the fact that Coffee issued the temporary order of administrative isolation – which allowed Straight Drop to communicate only with his lawyer – without a court discussion about the release of the song, titled “No Statements”.

“Our legal system is built on transparency. It’s built on process. It’s not built on information being investigated without the defendant present and having no opportunity to respond to it,” the lawyer said during the hearing. it is clear that it is of great concern to Mr. Johnson that he receive a fair trial before an impartial judge.”

A little over two years since his death, Young Dolph’s memory is still kept alive through new music and other tributes.

Young Dolph ‘Paper Route Frank’ keeps his legacy alive

On January 13 his estate, his record label Paper Route Empire and the Trap Music Museum launched the Dolphland Pop-Up Museum Tour in New York City.

The tour is scheduled to travel through Atlanta, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles and Washington, DC, among other cities. Ahead of the pop-up tour, Paper Route Empire CEO Daddy-O spoke about the purpose of the installations.

“The goal of the pop-up museum is to showcase the character of a leader and businessman and to highlight the journey of someone whose early beginnings perhaps mirror that of many young kids and entrepreneurs starting out, so they can draw inspiration to keep going to push. on their own endeavours,” he said.

Dolph’s manager and Street Exec co-founder Allen Parks added, “Dolph has a great fan base and he loved going out and engaging with them. We wanted to do something that still allowed for that engagement beyond just the music.

“We brought the idea to the Trap Music Museum and they were excited to help bring a dope experience to life for everyone who wants to attend.”

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