Young Dolph murder suspect involved in ‘attempted fight’ in jail, officials say

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Published: Mar. 22, 2022 at 3:09 PM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - A man accused of killing Memphis rapper Young Dolph was involved in an incident at 201 Poplar, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office says.

An SCSO spokesperson says Justin Johnson, also known as Straight Drop, was involved in an “attempted fight” with another inmate Friday.

No injuries were reported and the incident is under investigation, according to SCSO. It’s not clear if Johnson was in solitary confinement or was allowed to interact with other inmates.

According to TMZ, Johnson was punched by an inmate while on a phone call during visitation.

We’ve reached out to Johnson’s attorney Juni Ganguli for comment and have not heard back.

This comes less than 48 hours before Johnson is expected to appear in court on charges related to the murder of Memphis Rapper Young Dolph.

Johnson is accused of shooting and killing Dolph outside of Makeda’s Cookies on Airways Avenue last November.

Johnson was captured by U.S. Marshall’s in Indiana and is charged with first-degree murder, criminal attempt first-degree murder, and theft of property between $10,000 and $60,000.

Another suspect charged in Dolph’s killing, Cornelius Smith, will also have an appearance in court Thursday.

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