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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  • by Everette Location: Union on Dec 21, 2008 at 03:33 PM
    Does It Mean That The Deputy Was White,Since The NAACP Is Getting Ivolved?
  • by Keith Location: Meridian on Dec 21, 2008 at 01:59 PM
    Why is it that the NAACP always has to get involved when a black person is found dead? Can they not accept that some people are just thugs?
  • by sally Location: meridian on Dec 19, 2008 at 10:57 PM
    amazing... now he was maybe involved in a breakin... chances are if he realy was the NAACP will clear his name and he will end up getting a memorial in his name.. dont get me wrong it is a sad story but dont put off one mans "suicide" because you do not want to believe he could have done it ... if the NAACP is into murder investigations maybe the should have went to florida,, they might could have found caylee anthony months ago?
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