Crime & Courts

Bond denied for accused get-away driver in killing of Doug and Debbie London

Briana Johnson appears in federal court on Wednesday. She faces the death penalty in connection with the shooting deaths of Doug and Debbie London
Briana Johnson appears in federal court on Wednesday. She faces the death penalty in connection with the shooting deaths of Doug and Debbie London

One of the accused killers of Doug and Debbie London was denied bond in federal court Wednesday afternoon.

Briana “Breezy B” Johnson, 19, of Concord, is charged with five federal offenses. Four carry a possible death penalty. She is one of a dozen alleged members of the Charlotte gang cell of United Blood Nation accused of planning or carrying out the October slayings of the Lake Wylie, S.C., couple.

Johnson pleaded not guilty to all charges and requested a jury trial.

Prosecutors say the Londons were gunned down in their home to keep Doug London from testifying against three reputed UBN members accused of trying to rob the couple’s mattress store in Pineville in May 2014.

Johnson is accused of driving the get-away car on the night of the killings. A federal indictment says that Johnson took part in several UBN meeting to plan the hit. Later, the indictment says, she also conspired to murder a fellow gang member, David “Flame” Fudge, because he was suspected of cooperating with investigators.

In asking that her client be released on bond, defense lawyer Claire Rauscher said Johnson had been a good student at Central Cabarrus High School, has no prior criminal record and has strong family support. Johnson is the daughter of a Concord police officer. Her family in the courtroom declined comment.

Magistrate Judge David Keesler denied the request that she be released on bond.

Malcolm “Bloody Silent” Hartley, 21, the alleged shooter of the Londons, was also scheduled to be in court Wednesday. But the Charlotte man’s detention hearing has been rescheduled to June 4 at 11:50 a.m.

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