Young Dolph Murder Case: Suspect Hernandez Govan Meets With New Judge

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The new judge gave the defendant instructions to follow before his next hearing.

Hernandez Govan, the man who’s been indicted for facilitating the murder of Young Dolph, has reportedly met with a new judge overseeing the case to bring justice to the slain Memphis rap star.

Young Dolph was shot and killed in November 2021 in Memphis outside of his favorite bakery, Makeda’s Homemade Cookies. Justin Johnson, Jermarcus Johnson, Cornelius Smith and Hernandez Govan have all been charged in connection with his murder.

As previously reported, the judge who was previously on the case, Judge Lee Coffee, had to recuse himself. The order to remove Judge Coffee came via the Court of Criminal Appeals after it was ruled that Coffee couldn’t be impartial in the case.

In 2022, one of the four individuals accused in Dolph’s murder, Justin Johnson (also known as “Straight Drop”), released a song on YouTube titled “No Statements” recorded over a phone from jail. Upon learning of the song, the judge contacted the jail and placed Johnson in administrative isolation, despite the warden’s belief that Johnson hadn’t violated any rules by recording the song.

In its ruling, the Court of Criminal Appeals stated, “It would appear to a reasonable person that Judge Coffee has a prejudice of a personal character directed at the defendant.”

According to FOX 13, Govan is gearing up to defend himself in front of Judge Jennifer Mitchell, against allegations he came up with a plan to kill the chart-topper. Judge Mitchell and Hernandez Govan, who was released on a $90,000 bond in May and has been on house arrest ever since, met for the first time inside Criminal Court Division 10’s courtroom on Thursday (November 2).

Judge Mitchell reminded Govan not to violate his bond under any circumstance. Govan is expected back in court on December 14.