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New details uncovered in shooting death of Upshur Co. teen

Jacob Michael Johnson (Source: Facebook) Jacob Michael Johnson (Source: Facebook)

A suspect in the April shooting death of an Upshur County teen returned to the scene and “blessed the victim” before relocating the body inside the vehicle, according to a search warrant filed in the Gregg County courthouse.

The body of Jacob Michael Johnson, 17, was found April 6 slumped over in the passenger seat of his car. Documents show he had been shot twice in the head while sitting in the passenger seat of a vehicle parked off of Sego Lily Road in Diana.

Two 14-year-old males were arrested three days after the shooting on April 9, and court documents obtained Tuesday shed light on events surrounding Johnson’s death. The suspects have not been identified since they are juveniles.

Documents show Johnson had been communicating by cell phone that Sunday night with a person who went by the name “Chicago,” and arrangements were made to meet. The purpose of the meeting was not detailed in the obtained documents.

Witnesses say shortly after Johnson pulled up beside a 4-door sedan, one of the suspects referred to as “Chewy” left the backseat of the sedan and approached Johnson’s vehicle and fired twice, killing Johnson. A passenger in Johnson’s vehicle was unharmed, according to the documents.

Three suspects in the sedan then fled the scene but later returned and moved the body, according to testimony taken after the arrests.

A pair of glasses found by investigators under Johnson’s body were later identified through Facebook photos and other means as belonging to one of the suspects arrested, documents show.

A search warrant was executed April 11 on a blue 2001 four-door Saturn registered to a Longview woman who had recently moved to the area from Chicago. Documents show the vehicle was taken by a member of that woman’s family on April 6.

“He stated there should be a lot of blood in the passenger side rear seat where “Chewy” was seated,” according to the search warrant.

The juveniles remain in the Juvenile Detention Center in Gregg County. A third 14-year-old was questioned but has not been charged. The investigation is ongoing.

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