Young Dolph’s murder suspect Justin Johnson has been given new orders by Judge Lee Coffee.  Due to his controversial song being released while in custody, his phone, visitation, and writing privileges are revoked.

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This month, Johnson uploaded a song called “No Statements” to YouTube under his rap name, Straight Drop. The artwork indicates that the song was recorded inside the jail facility at 201 Poplar over the phone.

It has been officially a year since the passing of Young Dolph. Recently, he was honored with his own day in both his hometown of Memphis and Atlanta. 

Earlier this month, new developments were made to the case including an additional murder suspect who happens to be the father of late rapper, Lotta Cash Desto.

The two men suspected of killing rapper Young Dolph were arraigned in January. They face multiple charges, including first-degree murder.

The first hearing in this case for Justin Johnson and Cornelius Smith came two months after Young Dolph was shot and killed on November 17, 2021, while visiting Makeda’s Homemade Butter Cookies.

The Shelby County District Attorney General’s Office said Johnson and Smith were each indicted on various counts in connection with the murder of the Memphis rapper. These include first-degree premeditated murder, attempted first-degree murder and convicted felon in possession of a firearm, employment of a firearm in the commission of a dangerous felony, as well as property theft of over $10,000.

A third suspect also connected to this case, Shundale Barnett, who was with Johnson when he was arrested, is now awaiting extradition from Indiana. Smith also faces multiple charges, including accessory after the fact to first-degree murder.

Smith was arrested on an auto-theft warrant involving the white Mercedes Benz vehicle that was used in Young Dolph’s murder, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.

We recently reported on Young Dolph’s label releasing an album in his honor. His independent label, Paper Route Empire, will be honoring him with a tribute album this week. 

The compilation will feature songs from some of his favorite artists and friends, including Key Glock, Jay Fizzle, Snupe Bandz, Big Moochie Grape, and Kenny Muney.

Recently, Mia Jay, Young Dolph’s wife spoke on Dolph’s death has affected her and their family. In her first television interview since the tragedy, she spoke about “picking up all of the pieces” and being strong for her kids.

Additional reporting by Journey Green.

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