Miller County prosecutors charge man with murder

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The Miller County prosecuting attorney’s office filed murder charges last week in connection with an allegedly drug-related shooting.

Laderrick Johnson, 21, is accused of killing 44-year-old Leroy Davis in an apartment Nov. 2 in the 2400 block of County Avenue in Texarkana, Ark. In a press release issued by Texarkana, Ark., police after the shooting, officials described the shooting as related to drug activity.

Following Davis’s death, investigators acquired search warrants for the apartment where he was killed and for two autos. Police collected blood samples, bullets and bullet fragments from the apartment, according to search warrant affidavits. Drugs such as marijuana and synthetic marijuana were found in the apartment and methamphetamine was allegedly collected from Davis’ pocket. Marijuana was allegedly collected from a car that was searched.

Johnson turned himself in Nov. 4, according to the earlier press release from Texarkana, Ark., police. He is currently being held in the Miller County jail. Bail is set at $500,000. If found guilty of murder in Davis’s death, Johnson faces 10 to 40 years or life in prison.

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Johnson has faced criminal charges in a shooting before. In 2012 Johnson was listed as a defendant in an allegedly gang-related shooting between rivals from Texarkana, Ark., and Texarkana, Texas, at the Chapel Ridge Apartments in Texarkana, Ark. A teen girl was shot by a stray bullet and seriously wounded. Some of those charged were sentenced to prison. Johnson, who was 17 at the time, was initially charged as an adult but his case was later transferred to juvenile court, according to court records in the case.

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