Friday, March 21, 2014
NEW ORLEANS MAN CONVICTED IN SHOOTING DEATH OVER DRUGS/MONEY
Victim Shot, Left for Dead in Roadway
Atlanta– Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr. announces the conviction by jury trial in the murder case against a Louisiana man, once a Hurricane Katrina evacuee living in Atlanta. Jurors returned guilty verdicts Friday against 36-year-old John Johnson on charges of Murder, Felony Murder, Aggravated Assault and Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony for the shooting death of 23-year-old Brandon Scott.
On January 1, 2006, Mr. Scott’s bloody body was discovered on a stranger’s doorstep in the 700 block of Ozburn Road in Northwest Atlanta. He had been fatally shot in the head and chest. There were no clues regarding how or when he was shot. As the investigation unfolded, detectives discovered the victim was riding in a car with several people early that morning. Defendant Johnson, a front-seat passenger, began to argue with the victim about drugs or money he believed he was owed. Once the argument escalated, Defendant Johnson turned and pulled a gun on the victim, who was sitting in the backseat of the car. Johnson fired several shots striking the victim three times. The victim was later thrown from the vehicle and left on the side of the road. Brandon Scott stumbled more than 150 feet to a nearby house before collapsing on the front porch.
Johnson was eventually identified as a suspect and arrested more than six months later in New Orleans. Following his conviction, Johnson was sentenced to life plus five years in prison by Fulton County Superior Court Judge Shawn LaGrua who presided over the case.
Senior Assistant District Attorney Matthew R. Carlton, assigned to the Violent Offenders Division, prosecuted the case with assistance from Senior ADA Steven Jones and DA Investigator Vance Williams. Detective T. O’ Neill of the Atlanta Police Department led the initial investigation.