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Investigators make arrest in Saturday homicide

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
cwootson@charlotteobserver.com

Authorities in Union County have arrested eight people while investigating the slaying of an Indian Trail man shot several times on Saturday night.

Christopher Reid Brown, 27, was shot in the home he shared with his mother on West Street. Investigators haven’t released a motive in his killing, but the men accused of killing him are also charged with robbery.

Investigators believe Chase Johnson fired the shot that struck Brown and that Aaron Johnson drove the dark-colored vehicle seen leaving the scene of the crime.

Both are charged with first-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon. Chase Johnson is also charged with possession of a stolen firearm. Aaron Johnson is charged in connection with an April 15th car break-in at the Annandale subdivision, where police say the weapon used in the killing was stolen.

Police say three other men were charged with various crimes for aiding and abetting the suspects after the killing. Conner Lewis Wilson, 17, drove Chase Johnson to a small town in West Virginia, police say. Investigators say Wilson’s father, Michael Philip Wilson, 61, was charged with felony obstruction of justice for providing misleading information to investigators. Wilson Richard Taylor, 21, was accused of withholding pertinent information about the killing suspects and with possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia found at the scene of the crime.

Wesley Tyler Hollingsworth, 19, is also accused of breaking into the car in the Annandale subdivision and stealing the gun that would become the weapon used in the killing.

While investigating the murder case, authorities also charged two men in connection with a previously unreported robbery. Javonte Dtavious Truesdale, 20 and Jacob Lee Lopez, 20 are charged in connection with a robbery in early May.

Wootson: 704-358-5046; Twitter: @CleveWootson
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