The Memphis Police Department has issued an arrest warrant for a 23-year-old man by the name of Justin Johnson. According to the Memphis Commercial Appeal, the Memphis Police Department plans to charge Johnson with first-degree murder following the shooting death of Adolph “Young Dolph” Thorton Jr. Adding on, it is likely that he will also be charged with attempted first-degree murder and theft of property in connection to the death of Thorton Jr.
At this time, authorities have not yet identified Johnson’s location. The U.S. Marshals Service, Memphis Police Department and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation are offering a $15,000 reward for information that can directly lead to Johnson’s arrest.
“Johnson is a black male with a date of birth April 10, 1998. He is approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs about 190 pounds. He has the name ‘Jaiya’ tattooed on his right arm,” a press release from the U.S. Marshal Service states.
In addition to the most recent arrest warrant, the Memphis Commercial Appeal reports that Johnson has an additional outstanding arrest warrant. After being convicted of a weapons charge, Johnson was accused of violating the conditions of his federal supervised release.
If Johnson is convicted of the most serious charge, first-degree murder, he faces up to life in prison without the possibility of parole or the death penalty.
Thorton Jr.’s family has not issued a public statement at this time.
— Memphis Police Dept (@MEM_PoliceDept) January 5, 2022