Two Garrison, Kentucky brothers, Preston Neill Walters, 52 and Wince L. Walters, 53 were arraigned Tuesday morning in Lewis District Court in connection with the death, and the moving of the body of Justin Johnson, 28 of Vanceburg, Kentucky.
Preston Neill Walters allegedly shot Johnson in the back with a large caliber handgun on March 23, causing Johnson’s death and Wince Walters, later allegedly helped Preston Neill Walters move Johnson’s body multiple times and then destroyed evidence by burning it.
Preston Neill Walters was charged with the offense of capital murder, a Class A felony, tampering with physical evidence, a Class D felony and abuse of a corpse, a Class A misdemeanor. Wince Walters faces complicity charges.
District Judge Brian McCloud accepted not guilty pleas for both men and scheduled them to appear before him on April 11 for a probable cause hearing.
McCloud set a cash bond for Preston Neill Walters at $500,000 and also set a cash bond for Wince Walters at $10,000.
Johnson was the object of a massive search which involved a helicopter, boats, and several K-9 teams. His body was discovered on March 29, by two men scouting for turkeys on Cooper Ridge Road.
Krystle Rose, a public defender based in Catlettsburg, was appointed to represent both men. They remain lodged in the Lewis County Detention Center in lieu of their cash bonds.
Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.
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