Murder Suspects in Court for Preliminary Hearing

By: Jamie Edmonds Email
By: Jamie Edmonds Email

"I asked her what her name was she said Shayla Johnson," Lansing Police Officer Angela Matthews said in court. "I asked her how old she was, she said 19."

Matthews told the judge how she came upon the crime scene on Lenore Street on July 23rd of this year. She first looked inside an open trunk of a car parked in the driveway, then found Johnson gurgling and barely alive.

"I asked her where she hurt, she said everywhere," Matthews said.

Officer Matthews was just one witness called for the prosecution Friday at the Preliminary Hearing for the seven men charged with Johnson's murder.

"I heard gunfire, and as I approached the front door, I witnessed individuals running away," one neighbor said.

Two neighbors testified they heard gunfire then saw eight black men running from the scene.

"Another guy was wearing a white T-shirt over his face, the third group the gentleman I saw, one had an AK-47," the neighbor said.

But neither neighbor could say for certain that they saw these particular defendants that night, save one.

"I know his name now is Dion," he said.

Then the witness identified Dion Lanier in court.

The victim's brother identified Walee Al-Din as the owner of the car Johnson was found in, and named Mustafa Al -Din as man his sister had met in the past.

A motive for this crime, did not come out Friday, but it was confirmed drugs were stored at the house at one point in time.

With so many defendants and attorneys, this process is long from over.

A pathologist testified Friday that Johnson was shot five times at close range.

The preliminary exam continues Monday morning.


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