Shundale Barnett, a young Dolph murder suspect, has gotten out of a Ft. Worth, Texas jail in which he was detained on an unclear felony.
The guy bonded out of the Tarrant County Jail on December 24, 2022, according to Fox 13 Memphis. On January 12, 2022, Barnett was accused as an accessory after the fact to first-degree murder after being apprehended with the principal suspect in the case, Justin Johnson.
U.S. Marshal Tyreece Miller stated at the time that Barnett was accused as a participant because police thought he was conscious of Johnson's fugitive status and supported him in escaping capture during a week-long manhunt.
Justin Johnson was taken to the Knox County Indiana Jail and booked on charges of violating federal supervised release before being transferred to the Shelby County Jail in Memphis, where he is still being held. Shundale Barnett was being detained at Indiana's Clay County Jail and was scheduled to be moved to Shelby County.
Rather, he was set to release from the Indiana facility on May 21, 2022. The Shelby County Sheriff's Office filed a warrant for Barnett's arrest on February 17, acknowledging that they had "no idea" where he was, according to WREG.
On the exact same day, Clay County Sheriff Paul Harden addressed the incident during a press conference.
"On January 11, Mr. Shundale Barnett was transported to the Clay County Jail following an arrest on I-70 by the Indiana State Police," Harden recounted. "He was booked into the Clay County Jail on an outstanding warrant from Shelby County, Tennessee.
“We contacted Shelby County and held him on their warrant, he continued. “And we were contacted on January 21 and they told us that they were no longer wanting to come and pick up Mr. Barnett and that we were to release him at that time.”
Hernandez Govan had been charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder just a few days before. Officials claim Govan ordered the hit on Young Dolph as part of a scheme he began planning in June 2021.
After the detention of the accused mastermind, Justin Johnson and Cornelius Smith were indicted on conspiracy charges but have yet to be prosecuted formally. Their attorneys told Judge Lee Coffee on Friday that they both intend to enter a not guilty plea to the additional charge (January 20).
A grand jury indicted Cornelius Smith and Justin Johnson on another charge. Conspiracy. They have been indicted but not yet formally charged. Their lawyers told the judge they’ll enter a not guilty plea. pic.twitter.com/0Ip4DYU3Cl— Jeremy Pierre FOX13 (@JeremypierreFOX) January 20, 2023
Over the same court hearing, Justin Johnson's lawyer, Luke Evans, submitted a motion to have Judge Coffee dismissed from the case for withdrawing his client's phone privileges. The order came after Johnson, also known as Memphis rapper Straight Drop, released a song recorded while incarcerated.