Lotta Cash Desto’s father charged in Memphis murder case

Hernandez Govan is one of three men charged in connection with the shooting death of Young Dolph, whose real name is Adolph Thornton Jr., according to Shelby County court records. He has been charged with murder and conspiracy to commit murder in connection with the death.

Young Dolph performs during Rolling Loud New York 2021 at Citi Field on October 30, 2021 in New York City.

Young Dolph performs during Rolling Loud New York 2021 at Citi Field on October 30, 2021 in New York City.

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The Houston Police Department referred all questions regarding the investigation into the death of Lotta Cash Desto to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. Representatives for the Harris County District Attorney’s Office declined to say whether or not the Memphis murder and the death of Lotta Cash Desto were thought to be connected. And officials with the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office declined to comment on the investigation.

Prosecutors have not disclosed a motive in the Shelby County slaying, according to the Associated Press.

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Govan is also the father of 25-year-old Lotta Cash Desto whose real name is Destinee Govan. She was shot to death on September 24 in the 5500 block of Richmond Avenue in Houston.

Hernández Govan in social media posts frequently mentioned his daughter, even apologizing to her after her death for her lifestyle.

“I think I cursed U #Destinee with my #lifestyle, I #apologize baby!” she wrote on Facebook on October 26.

A search of Shelby County District Court records yields more than 46 criminal cases that have been filed against the elder Govan.

He is one of several men who have been charged in the Nov. 17, 2021 murder of Young Dolph, whose daytime murder shocked show business, according to the Associated Press. Two men allegedly got out of a Mercedes-Benz and began shooting at a bakery.

Police set up barricades outside of Makeda's Cookies bakery after Young Dolph was shot and killed on November 17, 2021 in Memphis, Tennessee.

Police set up barricades outside of Makeda’s Cookies bakery after Young Dolph was shot and killed on November 17, 2021 in Memphis, Tennessee.


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Crowds gather outside Makeda's Cookies bakery after Young Dolph was shot and killed on November 17, 2021 in Memphis, Tennessee.

Crowds gather outside Makeda’s Cookies bakery after Young Dolph was shot and killed on November 17, 2021 in Memphis, Tennessee.


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Police set up barricades outside of Makeda’s Cookies bakery after Young Dolph was shot and killed on November 17, 2021 in Memphis, Tennessee. / Crowds gather outside Makeda’s Cookies bakery after Young Dolph was shot and killed. (Justin Ford/Getty Images)

Shelby County District Attorney Steve Mulroy charged Hernandez Gomez with soliciting and setting up the murder, according to the Associated Press.

Christian Isaiah Williams, 24, has been charged in connection with the death of Destinee Govan, according to Harris County District Court records.

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Govan, who was driving, and a second passenger were behind a dark-colored four-door at a red light near the intersection of Richmond Avenue and Chimney Rock Road when two men got out of the car and began shooting at the women.

Rapper Lotta Cash Desto, whose real name is Destinee Govan, was killed in a shooting in West Houston on September 24.

Rapper Lotta Cash Desto, whose real name is Destinee Govan, was killed in a shooting in West Houston on September 24.

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The second passenger told police Govan returned fire, hitting Williams, before he was shot in the head.

Govan was found unconscious and pronounced dead at the scene. The other woman was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Williams was found in a parking lot across the street with a gunshot wound to the abdomen. He was transported to the hospital, where he was later charged.

Williams is from Alexandria, Louisiana. Court documents indicate that he has been arrested in connection with crimes in the past, including murder, felony in possession of a weapon and carnal knowledge of a minor.

Shaniece Holmes-Brown contributed to this report.



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