A third person has been accused of being involved in the killing of Young Dolph.
A grand jury indicted Hernandez Govan, 43, on three counts, including first-degree murder, first-degree murder conspiracy, and first-degree murder attempt. According to WMC Action News 5, the charges were announced by the Shelby County District Attorney on November 10.
Dolph’s murder has also been linked to two further suspects, Justin Johnson, 25, and Cornelius Smith, 32. According to Govan, who allegedly hired Johnson and Smith to kill the Memphis rapper on November 17, 2021, Shelby County District Attorney Steve Mulroy told FOX13.
There is a criminal history with Govan. Over the past 26 years, he has spent time in and out of jail for offenses like drug possession and violent violence.
Govan was in jail serving time for an aggravated assault from June 2021 on the day Dolph was killed.
Charges of accessory after the fact have been brought against another guy, Shundale Barnett, who is suspected of assisting Johnson after Dolph’s murder. After being detained, Barnett was let go from Indiana. Since then, Barnett has been the subject of a first-degree murder warrant, though it is not yet known if this charge relates to the Dolph case.
The shooting and death of Dolph, also known as Adolph Robert Thornton Jr., at Makeda’s Homemade Cookies occurred almost a year ago. He was 36.
Justin Johnson, 25, and Cornelius Smith, 32, have also been accused with killing Dolph. Govan is the one who solicited, according to Shelby County District Attorney Steve Mulroy, who spoke to FOX13.