By Kristin Zachary
Thursday, September 27, 2012
A woman arrested on Tuesday in connection with an April 1 triple homicide gave a false alibi for a murder suspect with whom she was romantically involved, court documents charge.
Ashley Dorthell Johnson, 23, of 212 Gray Pointe Drive, La Grange was indicted Monday on three counts of accessory after the fact and is the seventh arrest in the case.
She was arraigned in court on Wednesday on the charges, and a judge told her she could face up to 60 years in prison.
According to indictments, Johnson on April 4 assisted 24-year-old Willie Odell Whitehead Jr. in escaping detection, arrest and punishment in the crimes by “providing a false alibi by stating that he was with her during the time of the murder and that he was not involved.”
Whitehead, of Pinetops, is charged in the deaths of the three Farmville convenience store workers. Also charged are Antwan Andre Anthony, 29, of Bethel; Xavier Shamble, 20, of Farmville; and Raekwon Terrell Blount, 15, of Snow Hill.
Mokbel Mohamed Almujanahi, 16; Nabil Nasser Saeed Al’mogannahi, 26; and Gaber Alawi, 24, all cousins, were shot in the back of their heads during a 10 p.m. robbery at the Hustle Mart-3.
An order for Johnson’s arrest was issued on Monday, and she turned herself in on Tuesday afternoon, Detective K.S. Stewart said.
She appeared before District Court Judge Charles Vincent at the Pitt County Detention Center, where he told her she faces up to 231 months of imprisonment for each count.
Johnson, an East Carolina University student, was booked into the detention center at 3:11 p.m. on Tuesday under a $3 million secured bond.
Vincent on Wednesday morning decided against a reduction in bond and said the bond could be revisited at Johnson’s next court appearance, which is scheduled on Nov. 5 in Pitt County Superior Court.
Johnson has been appointed counsel through the Pitt County Public Defender’s Office.
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via The Daily Reflector.