Wednesday the two suspects for the murder of rapper Young Dolph appeared in court. Both Justin Johnson and Cornelius Smith were formally charged by criminal court Judge Lee Coffee for the roles they played on Nov. 17; when they allegedly opened fire and fatally shot Young Dolph after stealing his white Mercedes Benz. Both suspects are indicted on first degree murder and counts of attempted first degree murder and theft of property of over $10,000.
Smith was detained on Dec. 9 in Southave, Mississippi and Johnson was arrested Jan. 11; who had an outstanding warrant for violation of federal supervised release out of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee.
During their appearance in court, the judge asked the men whether they had legal representation. Both said they needed another week to hire an attorney. In addition, Smith and Johnson said they can afford their own attorney and do not need a public defender.
Judge Lee V. Coffee agreed to them return to court on January 28 with their own attorneys; otherwise, public defenders will be appointed.
Prosecutor Paul Hagerman added, “This judge wants to make sure these defendants have an attorney sooner rather than later. Memphis wants some closure to this thing, and family and media, too.”