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Teen charged with 1st murder of 2013 indicted

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -

A Farmville student charged with murder has been indicted.

The district attorney's office tells 9 On Your Side a grand jury indicted 16-year-old Jahrheel May.
     
He's charged with killing Anthony Johnson in a west Greenville neighborhood in January.
     
It was the first murder investigation of the year.

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Detectives have charged a 16-year-old Farmville Central High School student with murder.

It happened January 2nd at Westridge Court in Greenville.

Greenville Poice say they obtained and served a warrant against 16-year-old Jahrheel May on Friday for the killing of Anthony Johnson of Tarboro.

Jahrheel was charged in connection with robbing Johnson on the same day he was shot. They have now charged him with murder.

9 On Your Side talked to Jahrheel's family, who say he is innocent.

"My son is innocent and I will stand behind him 100%," said Shontay House, Jahrheel's mother.

His grandmother says she was with Jahrheel at their house the night Johnson was killed. She says he had been home for hours.

Investigation into the incident continues and police say additional arrests could be made. Police have a list of other suspects, who they believe Jahrheel knows. They are urging anyone with information to come forward with any information.

The family says they are hiring an attorney and will fight to prove Jarheel's innocence.

9 On Your Side will continue to bring you all the details as this case continues.


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GREENVILLE, N.C. - Police are looking for the gunmen in a shooting that left a Greenville man dead Wednesday night.

On Wednesday night, Myke Abernathy says he was watching a football game with friends.

That's when… "We just heard, a few ‘Pow! Pow! Pow! Pow!" he says.

Abernathy says they shrugged it off, thinking maybe it was a fender-bender or someone banging on a front door. It was only when flashing blue and red lights illuminated the yard that he and his roommate realized something was wrong.

"We came out and that's when they told us it was a crime scene," Chris Johnson, Abernathy's roommate, says.

Greenville police responded to shots fired at a townhome on the 1200 block of Westridge Court just before 8:30 p.m. That's where they found 36-year-old Anthony Johnson lying dead in the front yard with multiple gunshot wounds.

It was a difficult moment for his friends, who say they were hanging out with Johnson just 30 minutes before he died.

"Things haven't really been the same in the household," Abernathy says. "None of us really had much to say last night."

"It makes you really appreciate life and looking at things and what's important, because one moment you're here, one moment you're gone," Johnson adds.

Witnesses told police Johnson - known to friends as Rosé  - had gotten in an argument with at least two other men before the shooting.

Records show Johnson is a convicted felon with a history of possessing and selling drugs, but his friends say they were unaware of his criminal past.

As for a possible motive, Abernathy says, "I mean, we all have enemies. As much as we hate to say it, we all have enemies. There's always somebody in the back of our mind. You really can't put anything past anybody. You don't know if there's jealousy out here…envy…you don't know what it is that someone else has, or that you have that someone else may want."

Police have yet to make an arrest and are still working to determine why someone would target Johnson.

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GREENVILLE, N.C. – Police are looking for the gunmen in a shooting that left a Greenville man dead Wednesday night.

And today we're learning more about the victim, 36-year-old Anthony Johnson, originally from Tarboro.

The shooting happened just before 8:30 p.m. on Westridge Court, that's off of Stantonsburg Road.

Police said when they got to the scene, they found Johnson lying dead in the front yard.
     
Witnesses told police Johnson had gotten in an argument with at least two other men.
     
Investigators said he was then shot multiple times in the upper body and the legs.
     
Neighbors remember hearing 4 to 6 gunshots.
     
Johnson's criminal record shows he is a convicted felon with a history of possessing and selling drugs.

This is the second shooting in the neighborhood in the past week.
     
Just last Saturday, another man was shot right up the road. Police made an arrest in that case.

They say they're working leads on this one.

If you have any information, call Pitt-Greenville CrimeStoppers.

 

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