Man charged with murder in Monday domestic related shooting

4.18.17 Johnny Johnson Jr. mug

Johnny Johnson Jr., age 53, of Griffin, has been charged in the April 17 shooting death of 57-year-old Joanne Redding, his fiancé. Photo courtesy of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office

SHEILA A. MATHEWS :::

Johnny Johnson Jr., age 53, has been formally charged in connection with the Monday night shooting death of 57-year-old Joanne Redding.

The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office on Monday responded to a 508 Terry Drive residence where Redding was located. WellStar Spalding Regional Emergency Medical Services responded, but Redding was pronounced deceased by Spalding County Coroner Sonny Foster.

Johnson was taken into custody at the scene.

“We processed the crime scene and the body was transportation to the state Crime Lab for autopsy,” Sheriff Darrell Dix said Tuesday.

Johnson was interviewed Monday night, but Dix did not say if the suspect made any statements to investigators.

“I think it’s going to be domestic related,” Dix said. “They were engaged.”

Dix said the woman who reported the shooting and was present at the scene when deputies arrived is a neighbor of the couple.

It has been confirmed that Redding sustained multiple gunshot wounds fired from a handgun.

“He meant to kill her,” Dix stated. “There was no doubt that he meant to kill her.”

Johnson has been charged with murder, malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and burglary, and is being held in the Spalding County Jail.

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