Young Dolph’s Alleged Killer Appointed a Public Defender After He Can’t Afford A Lawyer

Young Dolph’s Alleged Killer Appointed a Public Defender After He Can’t Afford A Lawyer

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The man accused of killing Memphis Tennessee’s very own Adolph Thornton Jr, better known by his stage name Young Dolph, was summoned back to court Monday morning, February 7 to be seen by a judge. Justin Johnson, 23, appeared before a judge in court for his violation of the sex offender registration charge, according to records.

During the session, Johnson made a statement saying that he didn’t have enough money for a lawyer, meaning he now has to be represented by a public defender. General Sessions Judge Massey will appoint a public defender him  for the violation charge and he is still without an attorney for the murder charge. Both Johnson and his accomplices Cornelius Smith and Shundale Barnett face charges for the fatal shooting of Young Dolph that took place November 17, 2021.

Johnson himself is facing his own charges of first-degree murder, criminal attempted first-degree murder, unlawful carrying or possession of a weapon, employ of a firearm with intent to commit a felony and theft of property $10,000-$60,000, shown in his records.