New info in Diana case
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An affidavit for an evidentiary search warrant filed with a Gregg County judge revealed new information about the death of Jacob Johnson of Diana.

Johnson, 17, was found dead in the night of April 6 in his car off Sego Lilly Road in Diana. The preliminary autopsy showed he died from two gunshot wounds to the head.

Two Gregg County boys were arrested April 9 in connection with the homicide.

The affidavit was filed by Upshur County Sheriff’s Investigator Jeff Bruhn.

One boy, identified in the affidavit as a 14-year-old student at Judson Middle School, said that he had stolen his grandmother’s car and picked up another 14-year-old from Judson Middle School and another person named “Chewy,” who he identified as the shooter.

The grandmother, identified as Michelle Crawford of Longview, said that the boy had recently moved to Longview from Chicago “to get away from trouble.”

She contacted investigators.

The document also revealed that there was a woman with Johnson at the time of the shooting.

The boy said that another boy “wanted to kill the victim and had made that fact well known.”

Bruhn’s affidavit said that the female passenger in Johnson’s car told investigators that Johnson had talked on his cell phone shortly before the homicide with a person he called “Chicago.”

Johnson’s vehicle soon pulled up alongside another car with three males in it.

One, who Johnson addressed as “Chicago,” got out of the passenger side of the car, walked over to Johnson, and “shot the victim two times and then went back to his vehicle and fled the scene,” Johnson’s passenger told investigators.

The boy who identified a person as chewy said they later went back to the Johnson car to “bless the victim” and move his body to the passenger side of the Johnson vehicle.

The affidavit said the suspect left behind a pair of glasses, which was found under Johnson’s body. The suspect told the investigators they were his.

He also said that after they moved Johnson’s body, he drove them back to Longview, and then he went home.

The young suspect told investigators they would find “a lot of blood in the passenger side rear seat where “Chewy” had been seated.

The two arrested are being held in the Gregg County Juvenile Detention Center. At the time they were arrested, authorities said that more arrests were possible in the case.

Upshur County District Attorney Billy Byrd said the warrant was “search, tow and gather evidence and analyze anything found—blood, hair, etc.—for DNA.”

He said he had not decided yet whether to try to get the suspects certified to be tried as adults.

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Johnson Friend
June 17, 2014
Jacob is a dear friend's only son. His family will never recover from this. He will never have the opportunity to realize his dreams, have a family, or see the world. I don't care if the shooter and accomplices are 14 or 44. They were adult enough to get a gun, adult enough to pull the trigger, and adult enough to move his body and leave. As far as I'm concerned there should be no consideration for their age. These people know the finality of death. They don't deserve any kind of life after violently taking Jacob's.
Concerned Citizen
May 04, 2014
Sorry, but when a 14 yo takes the life of another intentionally or witnesses a murder and does not alert the authorities, they have just become adults. If we continue to make excuses for the lack of a conscience, then we are no better than they and what about the young man that lost his life? Doesn't his family deserve justice?
Diana K. Clark
April 21, 2014
I feel for that young man, Jacob, as he reminds me of my grandson!! These kids that killed him knew what they were doing.. No reason they shouldn't take full responsibility an adult!!!
Fred Eddie
May 01, 2014
How can children be wise enough to be classified as adults when they murder , something that most people don't do and have to be state certified to know about sex. Children are children and wnen we make them adults it should be across the board.