THE main suspect in the fatal shooting of rapper Young Dolph has claimed he is innocent of the charges against him.
Justin Johnson, 23, took to his social media page Saturday to not only say he wasn’t guilty but to announce he would turn himself into the cops Monday.
Using his Instagram account under his stage name of StraightDrop, Johnson wrote: "Turning Myself In Monday @201 I'm Innocent I'll Be Back Sooner Than You Can Blink."
Just before posting that message he uploaded a video of a local news package that detailed his criminal history, including an interview with a criminal court judge from Shelby County, TN.
In the footage the judge describes how Johnson had carried himself in a previous case with Johnson appearing to have been a well-behaved prisoner and being released on probation early.
Johnson captioned the post: "Next time post the REAL… BS ass Blogs."
Johnson is the prime suspect in the killing and is currently wanted on a number of charges, including first-degree murder.
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Young Dolph died on November 17, 2021, at a local cookie shop in Memphis.
The artist, real name Adolph Robert Thornton Jr, was fatally shot at Makeda's Cookies.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation then put out a tweet on January 5 which read: "#TNMostWanted: We need your help to find Justin Johnson, wanted by @MEM_PoliceDept and TBI for 1st Degree Murder, Criminal Attempt-1st Degree Murder, & Theft of Property $10,000-$60,000. He should be considered armed & dangerous. Seen him? Call 901-378-3132 or 1-800-TBI-FIND."
An arrest warrant was issued for Johnson after cops searched for potential suspects.
He is on the TBI’s Most Wanted List, according to law enforcement authorities, with ties to organized crime and should be considered armed and dangerous.
Read our Young Dolph suspect live blog for the very latest news and updates…
Johnson appears to be a local rapper called StraightDrop, according to his social media page, who likes to show off his clothes, flash cars, and wads of cash.
In one Instagram post, he is pictured sitting in a car with one hand covering his face while in the other hand he is clutching a wad of cash and appears to be wearing various Gucci items of clothing.
A combined reward of $15,000 has been put up for information leading to his capture.
Young Dolph was a 36-year-old rapper who has been on the scene for years. His debut mixtape, Paper Route Campaign was released in 2008, years before his first studio album King of Memphis in 2016.
On November 18, surveillance photos emerged from the scene showing the alleged suspects holding guns outside the store. They appeared to have face masks on.
Young Dolph had collaborated with multiple rappers including 2 Chainz, Key Glock, T.I., Gucci Mane, and Megan Thee Stallion.
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