Preston Neill Walters’ bond is set a half-a-million dollars in the death of Justin Johnson, 28, on Thursday March 23. His alleged accomplice in the case, his brother, Wince Walters’ bond is set at $10,000.
Lewis District Judge Brian McCloud found probable cause in the cases against Preston Neill Walters, 52 and Wince Walters, 53, both of Garrison, Kentucky. The matter will now go to the Lewis County grand jury.
Officers with the Lewis County, Kentucky Sheriff’s Department arrested the two Garrison, Kentucky men and charged them in connection with the murder. Johnson’s body was discovered on Wednesday, March 29.
Preston Neill Walters has been 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 has been charged with tampering with physical evidence, a class-D felony, and abuse of a corpse, a class-A misdemeanor.
Lewis County Sheriff Johnny Bivens said Preston Neill Walters allegedly shot Justin Johnson in the back with a high caliber pistol, causing his death. After shooting Johnson, he allegedly concealed the body beside a roadway and covered it with leaves.
Bivens said after a period of time, Preston Neill Walters allegedly returned to where the body was concealed and, in complicity with Wince Walters, removed Johnson’s body to another location and threw his body over an embankment. He also allegedly concealed or destroyed evidence of his involvement in the murder.
Preston Neill Walters also allegedly abandoned Johnson’s body, leaving it in the elements for an extended period of time without notifying family members or authorities.
Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewisPDT.
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