MURDERED IN MICHIGAN: 3 Charged With Murdering Trucker Near His ‘Parked’ Rig… Key Questions Remain
Police have arrested and charged 3 people in connection with the murder of Kentucky truck driver Kevin Johnson who was found shot to death in a Michigan neighborhood early Thursday morning.
Flowerfield Township, Michigan – St. Joseph County Police have arrested two males and one female in connection to the fatal shooting of truck driver Kevin Johnson in a Michigan neighborhood last Thursday morning.
Charges Of Open Murder, Felony Firearm, and Armed Robbery
St. Joseph County Prosecuting Attorney John McDonough announced all three have been charged with open murder, felony firearm and three counts of armed robbery. They are expected to be arraigned on Monday. In announcing the charges McDonough praised law enforcement efforts and said, “My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the victim in this case.”
The victim, Kevin Johnson of Floyd County, Kentucky, was pronounced dead on the scene after he was found near his parked semi-truck having suffered a gunshot wound to his chest Thursday morning on Flowerfield Road in Flowerfield Township. Neighborhood residents said they heard an argument ensue at about 2:30 a.m. and called police.
It took authorities little more than 48 hours to make arrests. Following the discovery of Johnson’s body, St. Joseph County Undersheriff Mark Lillywhite indicated police already had persons of interest and the investigation was moving as swiftly as possible. Evidence collection was a bit of a challenge he said because of the snowy weather conditions, but he expressed confidence police would be able to apprehend those responsible for the alleged homicide.
What Was Kevin Johnson Doing There?
Perhaps the question those closely following this case most want answered is what was Johnson doing there that night? Was he there to meet someone who resides at the mobile home residence or had he simply parked there for the night?
In the aftermath of the gruesome scene, Undersheriff Lillywhite said police had a history of being called to the residence where Johnson was found dead. It’s likely why police were able to so quickly make the arrests in this case. What also remains unclear at this time is if Johnson knew those who have now been arrested for his murder and if they lived at the residence where the alleged crimes were committed.
More Possible Clues Could Shed Light On Exactly What Happened
What we do know is, in addition to being charged with murder, the suspects are also charged with armed robbery. We do not yet know what the suspects took from Johnson, but we found an interesting clue that might indicate Johnson did not know the suspects and was simply the victim of a random robbery turned deadly.
According to a post on St. Joseph County Township Police’s Facebook page approximately 24 hours before the crime, they admonished residents to “lock your vehicles and remove valuables” because “thieves are targeting vehicles that are either unlocked or have valuables in plain view.”
The Simplest Explanation Could Be The Most Plausible One
Perhaps Johnson was simply out on a run and had parked there for the evening when his semi was approached by the suspects. Then, when Johnson did not comply with the suspects demands it led to his untimely death.
As we reported in an earlier story, Kelli Salinas, a resident of the neighborhood, told local media members that her husband heard the altercation and the moments leading up to it. “My husband heard the semi pull-up, and then he heard people yelling and he heard them saying, ‘what are we going to do? what are we going to do?,” she is quoted as saying.
Police have not yet indicated the answers to these questions, but Prosecuting Attorney McDonough said he will provide more information on this case early next week. Transportation Nation Network will continue to follow the story and bring you the latest developments.