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A man suspected of killing Memphis legend Young Dolph was dropped by an attorney for Dolph's enemies, Yo Gotti and Blac Youngsta.

Rumors were rampant that Justin Johnson (left) was being represented by Art Horne (right), longtime attorney for Yo Gotti and Blac Youngsta.

Young Dolph, real name Adolph Thornton, was gunned down in a Memphis cookie store on Nov. 17.

When Fox13 News reached out to Johnson's attorney, Horne, for comment, he said he would speak after his client turned himself in.

Johnson was arrested Wednesday by U.S. Marshals in Indiana.

On Thursday, Horne confirmed he was no longer representing Johnson.

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Authorities are investigating what, if any, connection Blac Youngsta (left) and Yo Gotti (right) had to the alleged killers.

Horne was successful in getting charges dropped against Blac Youngsta when he was arrested for shooting up Dolph's car back in 2017.

Horne released a statement via Instagram, saying:

"After reading a few recent articles, watching a half dozen blogs and skimming through the comments section I've learned a sobering fact: Misinformation spreads and sells far faster than the truth."

Johnson, an aspiring rapper named Straight Drop, allegedly killed Dolph for refusing to sign him to a recording contract.

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A third man has been arrested in connection with the execution-style murder of Memphis rap legend Young Dolph.

Dolph, real name Adolph Thornton, was gunned down by two masked men while buying cookies at a Memphis bakery shop on November 17. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Police arrested Cornelius Smith, 32, on December 9. He was charged with theft of the getaway vehicle, a white Mercedes Benz, found abandoned behind a home that was used as the backdrop in a rap music video.

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Police believe Smith (pictured) is the gunman seen wearing a Bass Pro Shops hat in surveillance video outside the cookie store.

On January, 5, Smith was extradited to Shelby County from Southaven, Mississippi. He will make his first court appearance in Memphis on Thursday, Jan. 13.

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The second gunman, aspiring rapper Justin Johnson, aka "Straight Drop," was arrested by U.S. Marshals in Indiana on Wednesday, Jan. 12.

A third suspect, Shundale Barnett, 27, was arrested along with Johnson in Indiana. Barnett (pictured below) is charged with being an accessory after-the-fact to first-degree murder for helping Johnson while he was on the run from the law.

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"Shundale Barnett is a person who, we believe, was providing assistance to Justin since we've been looking for him," said U.S. Marshal Tyreece Miller at a press conference in Memphis on Wednesday.

Detectives are also investigating links between the gunmen and two local rappers, Mario Mims, aka Yo Gotti, 40, and Sammie Benson, aka Blac Youngsta, 31, as potential co-conspirators in Young Dolph's death.

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Rappers Yo Gotti and Jay-Z have filed a second lawsuit against Mississippi prison officials on behalf of 152 inmates over the "abhorrent and barbaric" conditions prisoners suffer at Parchman Farm.

The lawsuit, filed on Wednesday, Feb. 26, against eight defendants including the Mississippi Department of Corrections. The lawsuit follows a similar one filed last month on behalf of 29 more inmates.

The latest suit details the "abhorrent conditions, abuse and constant violence, inadequate health care and mental health care, and overuse of isolation" prisoners at the facility, also known as Mississippi State Penitentiary, have had to endure over lack of funding and not enough staff.

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"The conditions of confinement at Parchman are so barbaric, the deprivation of health and mental health care so extreme, and the defects in security so severe, that the people confined at Parchman live a miserable and hopeless existence confronted daily by imminent risk of substantial harm in violation of their rights under the U.S. Constitution," the complaint states.

Additionally, the complaint states that the prisoners, who live in "medieval" conditions at the jail, are rarely able to obtain any medical help they require - leading to inmates "inserting their own catheters, treating their own stab wounds, vomiting up blood, teetering on the verge of diabetic comas, and suffering through seizures without medical care.

Even a broken neck can go without treatment at Parchman, with the inmate being left to suffer through his injury while sleeping on exposed, steel bedsprings with no mattress."

Following the first lawsuit filed in January, an investigation into the conditions at Parchman and three other Mississippi prisons was opened by the Department of Justice. That investigation is ongoing.


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