Trial Delayed for Men Accused of Shooting Rapper Young Dolph

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The murder case of the late rap artist Young Dolph has been slow to progress as it has been over two years since his death and the trial has yet to take place.

Monday was supposed to be the start of the trial for one of the alleged gunmen, but the case was postponed.

Both the defense and prosecutors are requesting more time to secure expert witnesses.

Justin Johnson’s defense team, one of the accused shooters, plans to call an expert witness to testify.

The prosecutors intend to bring two expert witnesses to testify at trial.

“They are cellphone experts in relation to location information on cellphones,” said Paul Hagerman, an assistant district attorney in Shelby County.

Shortly after, the second alleged gunman, Cornelius Smith, was also brought into the court to be informed of a later trial date. Following a brief appearance, he exited the courtroom.

Jermarcus Johnson, who had previously pleaded guilty to a charge of being an accessory after the fact, was the last to appear in court.

“Reports show that you have not been complying with weekly call-ins,” Mitchell said to Jermarcus Johnson. “I am unsure of what the issue is.”

Johnson and his attorney assured the court that there would not be any further problems.

Hernandez Govan, the alleged mastermind behind the murder, was present alongside Johnson and was also instructed to return to court with the other defendants.

“We are connected to the other defendants. As of now, proceedings will continue,” said Handel Durham Jr., Hernandez’s lawyer.

Prior to the scheduled trial date on Sept. 23, both Justin Johnson and Cornelius Smith are set to appear in court for a motions hearing on Aug. 9.

Jerrita Patterson
Jerrita Patterson
Digital Reporter. Jerrita's journalism career started in her hometown of Nashville, where she was an Associate Producer, Web Editor and Weekend Producer at WKRN-TV. She then spent two years as a Reporter/Weekend Anchor at WACH Fox News. Jerrita has interviewed everyone from poet Nikki Giovanni, former NBA player Alonzo Mourning, to President Barack Obama. She is a proud graduate from Hampton University (the real HU).

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