Young Dolph’s Death: Third Man Indicted On First-Degree Murder Charges

Authorities allege that Hernandez Govan was plotting to kill Young Dolph months before the violent crime occurred.

With the first anniversary of rapper Young Dolph’s death approaching, a third man has been indicted for his murder.

According to WHBQ-TV, Hernandez Govan, has now been indicted on first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder charges for the horrific shooting of the Memphis-bred artist.

Shelby County District Attorney Steve Mulroy alleges that Govan was behind the hit on Dolph that involved two other suspects, Justin Johnson and Cornelius Smith, to follow through with the shooting on Nov. 17, 2021.

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Born Adolph Robert Thornton Jr., the rapper, was shot and killed at Makeda’s Homemade Butter Cookies in Memphis, Tennessee.

Authorities allege that Govan was plotting to kill Young Dolph months before the violent crime occurred.

Govan previously spent almost three and half years in federal prison for weapons and drug charges; he was released in July 2019.

Johnson and Smith were also charged with Dolph’s death after being arrested in Jan. 2021. They both face first-degree murder charges and theft of property.

Smith also faces additional charges for attempted first-degree murder, unlawfully carrying or possessing a weapon, and employment of a firearm with intent to commit a felony.

A third suspect, Shundale Barnett, was charged with being an accessory to first-degree murder.

Johnson and Smith’s next court appearance is on Jan. 20, 2023.

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