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U.S. Marshals Charge Man in 'Young Dolph' Murder Fugitive Investigation

For immediate release

Seth Bruce, Deputy U.S. Marshal

Western District of Tennessee
Memphis, TN
(901) 573-8177

Memphis, TN – The U.S. Marshals Two Rivers Violent Fugitive Task Force (TRVFTF) have charged Shundale Barnett, 27, with state charges of Accessory After the Fact to First Degree Murder, Criminal Attempt to Commit First Degree Murder, and Theft of Property $10,000 to $60,000.

These charges stem from a coordinated arrest between the Two Rivers Violent Fugitive Task Force (TRVFTF) and the U.S. Marshals Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force (GLRFTF). On January 12, the Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force (GLRFTF) arrested Johnson at a truck stop on Highway 42 in Brazil, Indiana outside of Terra Haute.

Barnett was a passenger in the car with Johnson at the time of the arrest.

The fugitive investigation into Johnson, who was a person of interest in the homicide of Adolph Thornton, Jr., showed that Barnett was aiding Johnson after the Nov. 17, 2021, Memphis murder of Thornton known by his entertainment name "Young Dolph".

Barnett remains in custody in the Clay County Indiana Jail and awaits extradition to Shelby County, TN.

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