Third man arrested in connection with the murder of Young Dolph

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A third man has been arrested in connection with the execution-like killing of Memphis rapper Young Dolph.

Dolph, real name Adolph Thornton, was shot down by two masked men while buying cookies at a Memphis bakery on Nov. 17. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Police arrested Cornelius Smith, 32, on Dec. 9. It was him charged with theft of the getaway car, a white Mercedes Benz, found abandoned behind a home used as a backdrop in a rap music video.

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Police believe Smith (pictured) is the gunman who was seen wearing a Bass Pro Shops hat in surveillance video outside the cake shop.

On January 5, Smith was extradited to Shelby County from Southaven, Mississippi. He will face his first court appearance in Memphis on Thursday, January 13th.

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The other gunman, aspiring rapper Justin Johnson, also known as “Straight Drop,” was arrested by U.S. marshals in Indiana on Wednesday, January 12th.

A third suspect, Shundale Barnett, 27, was arrested along with Johnson in Indiana. Barnett (pictured below) is charged with complicity in first-degree murder for aiding and abetting Johnson while on the run.

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“Shundale Barnett is a person who we believe has provided assistance to Justin since we were looking for him,” U.S. Marshal Tyreece Miller said at a news conference in Memphis on Wednesday.

Detectives are also investigating links between the gunmen and two local rappers, Mario Mims, aka Yo Gotti, 40, and Sammie Benson, aka Blac Youngsta, 31, as potential accomplices in Young Dolph’s death.

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