Smith was arrested in Southaven, Miss. on Dec. 9 for an auto-theft warrant involving the white Mercedes that was believed to be the getaway car used in the murder. Johnson, a rapper who goes by the name Straight Drop, was taken into custody after a manhunt in Indiana on Jan. 11.
Both suspects have pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and other felony charges. Their next hearing is set for March 24.
The case could qualify for the death penalty, but no determination has been made. “Memphis is already past ready for justice in this case,” said Prosecutor Paul Hagerman.
Two other men, Devin Burns and Joshua Taylor, have been named as persons of interest in the fatal shooting.