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  /  01.13.2022

Justin Johnson and Cornelius Smith, two of the three suspects arrested and charged in Young Dolph’s shooting death, have hired the same attorney who represented Blac Youngsta in 2017, Fox 13 reports.

According to several outlets, the men are being legally resented by Art Horne, who, coincidentally, represented Blac Youngsta after a shooting incident involving Dolph in Charlotte, North Carolina.

At the time, the Code Red rapper was arrested on felony weapons charges after over 100 rounds were fired at Dolph’s SUV. Blac Youngsta was later cleared of all charges and the case against him was dropped in 2019. According to HotNewHipHop, Horne has also represented Yo Gotti in the past.

Now, Johnson and Smith have hired the lawyer to represent them in the case of Dolph’s death. Both men are facing multiple charges, including first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and theft.

As reported by REVOLT, a third suspect was arrested in connection with Dolph’s death earlier this week. Shundale Barnett is accused of helping Johnson evade authorities and was a passenger in Johnson’s car when he was caught by police on Tuesday (Jan. 11).

The 27-year-old is charged with accessory after the fact to first-degree murder; criminal attempt to commit first-degree murder; and theft of property $10,000 to $60,000.

On Wednesday (Jan. 12), Dolph’s longtime partner Mia Jaye gave her first interview since his death. During the emotional chat, Jaye, who shares two young children with the rapper; said they were planning a surprise wedding before he died.

“It’s been extremely difficult, just having to pick up the pieces and to find the strength for my children,” she said. “That is the one thing that Adolph and myself… we just… we felt we had a duty to them. To protect them, to raise them, to just do so much for them, and [to do it] together. Now that he’s no longer here, it’s just very tough for me to be strong for them and also be strong for myself because Adolph was my soulmate when I say they stole my future… it has taken a long time to iron out the kinks.”

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