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  • Writer's pictureStacie Singleton

Another Arrest Made in Connection with Rapper Young Dolph Murder

Updated: Nov 28, 2022


Hernandez Govan

Hernandez Govan is allegedly the man accused of planning the murder of Young Dolph. He is set to make his first court appearance this November 17, 2022, which just happens to be the one-year anniversary of the young rapper’s killing. Adolph "Young Dolph" Thorton Jr was shot and killed Nov. 17, 2021, inside Makeda’s Homemade Butter Cookies on Airways Boulevard in Memphis, Tennessee.

Justin Johnson and Cornelius Smith

Two suspects, Justin Johnson and Cornelius Smith, have been charged in the murder. Govan who is 43 years old, has now been indicted on charges of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in connection to Young Dolph’s death. Shelby County District Attorney Steve Mulroy told FOX13 Memphis that Govan asked for the murder to take place. The gunmen who shot Young Dolph to death pulled up outside Makeda’s in a white Mercedes and opened fire through the window of the store before jumping back in the car and taking off, police said. A week after the rapper’s death, Memphis Police said they found that white Mercedes in the 1100 block of Bradley Avenue. According to court documents, Govan’s last known address is also in the 1100 block of Bradley Avenue.

Shundale Barnett

Another man, Shundale Barnett, has been charged with accessory after the fact, accused of helping Justin Johnson after Young Dolph’s killing. Barnett was arrested in Indiana and released. A warrant for first-degree murder has since been issued for Barnett, though he has not been arrested at this time. It is unclear if that murder charge is connected to the Young Dolph case. Multiple sources told FOX13 that more arrests could still be on the horizon in connection to Young Dolph’s murder. It seems like this case is opening up to be deeper than once though

Destinee "Lotta Cash Desto" Govan

What is also crazy is a female rapper, "Lotta Cash Desto," was recently killed in Houston, Texas back in September 2022 and she is the daughter of the recently arrested, Hernandez Govan. Her real name is Destinee Govan and she was only 25 years old. She was also rapper Lil Uzi artist. She was found unresponsive in the driver's seat of her vehicle in the 5500 block of Richmond Avenue in Houston at 2:40am. It was a 20-year-old woman injured in the shooting as well who was riding with her, but she survived. Authorities determined that Govan and the passenger was followed by a unknown dark vehicle to a red light at Richmond Avenue and Chimney Rock Road. While stopped at the light, two black males got out the dark vehicle and started shooting at the women. The suspects in that shooting are still being sought after.




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