Lewis County murder update


By Frank Lewis - flewis@civitasmedia.com



Left-right Preston Neill Walters, Wince Walters and Lewis County Jailer Jeff Lykins in an appearance in Lewis District Court last month.


There have been a couple of developments in the case of the murder of Lewis County resident Justin Johnson in March. On Monday, Circuit Judge Robert Conley modified the bond for Wince Walters, 54 of Garrison, Kentucky, charged with four counts of tampering with physical evidence, class-D felony; one count of abuse of a corpse, class-A misdemeanor; and cultivating five or more plants of marijuana, class-D felony. On Monday Wince Walters’ $10,000 cash or property bond was changed to $50,000 cash or property.

On Friday, Preston Neill Walters, 52, also of Garrison, Kentucky, charged with murder, a capital offense; eight counts of tampering with physical evidence, class-D felony; one count of abuse of a corpse, class-A misdemeanor; and one count cultivating five or more plants of marijuana, whose initial bond was set at $500,000 cash, had his bond changed to $250,000 cash or property with an additional bond of $5,000 cash or property on the cultivation charge.

The men charged in connection with the death of Justin Johnson, moving his body and allegedly destroying evidence were indicted by the Lewis County grand jury Friday.

According to the 10-count indictment, on or about the period between March 1, through March 29, 2017, Preston Neill Walters allegedly, while acting alone or in complicity with another, killed Justin Johnson by shooting him in the back with a firearm.

Another indictment says Wince Walters allegedly, while acting alone or in complicity with another, returned to the site where Justin Johnson’s body was originally hidden and dragged it down a hill where he then weighted it down and placed it in a creek

Both men are presently lodged in the Lewis County Detention Center.

Left-right Preston Neill Walters, Wince Walters and Lewis County Jailer Jeff Lykins in an appearance in Lewis District Court last month.
http://portsmouth-dailytimes.aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/28/2017/05/web1_Walters.jpgLeft-right Preston Neill Walters, Wince Walters and Lewis County Jailer Jeff Lykins in an appearance in Lewis District Court last month.

By Frank Lewis

flewis@civitasmedia.com

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