MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Justin Johnson’s lawyer, also known as Straight Drop, requested that Judge Lee Coffee be removed from his client’s case involving the murder of Memphis singer Young Dolph.
The request came after Judge Coffee ordered Johnson’s phone access to the jail to be removed. He only had the opportunity to speak with his lawyer.
That order came after Johnson, a Memphis rapper, released a song from prison titled “No Comments.”
“Our legal system is built on transparency. It builds on the process. “It is not based on information that is investigated without the presence of the accused and the lack of power to answer,” Johnson’s lawyer said to Luke. Evans.
“Obviously a major concern for Mr. Johnson is getting a fair trial before an impartial judge,” Evans said.
“You recorded a recording from the prison. Don’t know what’s going on. I haven’t heard of it. I don’t listen to it,” said Judge Coffee regarding the song that Johnson announced.
Judge Coffee said the release of the song also caused security concerns in the prison.
Johnson has already requested to be removed from 201 Poplar due to safety concerns. He will appear in court again on February 2.
Also in court on Friday was Cornelius Smith, also charged with manslaughter in the death of Young Dolph.
Both are charged with first-degree murder in the death of Young Dolph, along with other related charges. But, now he will also face charges of conspiracy.
That conspiracy, authorities believe, began in June of 2021 when a man named Hernandez Govan began planning to kill the Memphis comedian.
Shelby County District Attorney Steve Mulroy told FOX13 that Govan was the one who requested the murder, leading Smith and Johnson to pull the trigger on the November 17, 2021, incident. ate a glass of Makeda’s Homemade Butter Cookies on Airways Boulevard and left Young Dolph, her son. real name Adolph Thornton Jr, died at the scene.
Attorneys for Smith and Johnson said they will plead not guilty to the additional charge of conspiracy.
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