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Hickory man sentenced in cab driver’s death

NEWTON – A Hickory man was sentenced to life in prison without parole Wednesday for his role in the August 2011 slaying of a cab driver who was robbed of $39.

The district attorney’s office says Camyron Frederick Johnson, 24, was found guilty of first-degree murder. He is the fourth person convicted in the case, and a fifth suspect is still facing charges.

Hickory police say Yellow Cab driver Adam Todd Williams, 32, died of stab wounds suffered during an apparent robbery. Johnson was arrested several days later in Charlotte.

Already convicted and sentenced in the case were Robert Shannon McElwee, Emily Kathryn Starnes and Consandra Nicole Tyree, according to Catawba County prosecutors.

Still facing trial is Matthew Gene Hopkins, who is charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. His trial date is set for Sept. 3.

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