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Decision expected in probe of star’s death -Billy Joe Johnson

By: Magnolia Tribune - February 13, 2009

Decision expected in probe of star’s death -Billy Joe Johnson

A grand jury in George County (Miss.) will announce Thursday whether there should be any criminal indictments in the death of high school football star Billey Joe Johnson.

The 17-year-old Johnson, a highly recruited running back out of George County High School, died Dec. 8 of a gunshot wound to the head during an early-morning police stop after running a red light. The sheriff’s department contends the shot was self-inflicted. Johnson’s family and friends believe otherwise.
“There’s no way my son committed suicide,” said father Billey Joe Johnson Sr. “Someone murdered my boy.”

Tony Lawrence, the Jackson County (Miss.) district attorney handling the state’s investigation, has vowed to be thorough and not pressed by “any timeline other than that which leads to the truth.”

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