Athlete Was Also Burglary Suspect

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

More details are emerging in the case of Billey Joe Johnson, the George County High School football star who died during a traffic stop.

District Attorney Tony Lawrence released incident reports Friday that show Johnson was a suspect in a break-in that occurred moments before he died.

An underage female told Lucedale police officers that Johnson had tried to break into her house, the reports said.

By the time the officers arrived, Johnson was gone. But a sheriff's deputy stopped Johnson for a traffic violation.

Authorities have said Johnson died of a self-inflicted gunshot, but his case is being investigated by the NAACP and an attorney hired by his family.


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