The man accused of orchestrating Young Dolph’s murder was reportedly back in court on Thursday morning (November 2), where he faced a new judge.
According to the Daily Memphian, Hernandez Govan was in a different courtroom after an order issued last week stated Judge Lee Coffee would no longer conduct further proceedings about his case.
Instead, Judge Jennifer Mitchell was recently chosen to preside over the case, with Govan briefly speaking with her during the most recent hearing.
“The case was randomly reassigned to Criminal Court Division 10. This is, like I said, the first defendant, the first court date we’ve had in Division 10,” Shelby County Assistant District Attorney Paul Hagerman said. “We did not see any reason for the recusal, but of course, the Court of Criminal Appeals disagreed, and we follow the law.”
Hagerman is hopeful this latest adjustment will not cause a backup as the case moves forward. Cornelius Smith and Justin Johnson, the other two defendants, are still in custody awaiting trial. They will face Judge Mitchell for the first time in just under a month.
Young Dolph was shot and killed in Memphis on November 17, 2021. He was 36. WREG reports that Memphis Police said one male victim was located and pronounced dead at the scene and confirmed Dolph was the victim.