Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Bass fishing champion killed in random hate crime…

Police have a teenager in custody in connection with the shooting death of a bass fisherman at a Jackson motel.
Jackson police said in a news release that Shun Brown, 17, “confessed to being responsible for the death” of James “Jimmy” Johnson.
Investigators executed a search warrant Wednesday morning at a home on Delmar Street. Officers were seen carrying a red hooded sweatshirt from the house that was similar to one worn by a suspect in a surveillance photo released by the Jackson Police Department earlier this week.
Officers were also searching a wooded area Wednesday for the gun they believe was used to kill Johnson, 56, of Ganado, Texas. Johnson was staying at the Motel 6 off Interstate 55, where he was shot and killed Sunday night.
Family members said Johnson went outside to check on his boat and saw someone burglarizing it. He was then shot in the face, police said.
Brown is charged with capital murder, police said. He is expected to appear in court on Wednesday.
Johnson was to compete this week in the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Open tournament on the Ross Barnett Reservoir. Tournament organizers plan to honor him and his family during the event, which begins Thursday.


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