New Orleans police have arrested a father who allegedly shot and killed a man who is accused of murdering his son.
Bokio B. Johnson, 46, is accused of shooting to death Hollis Carter, 21, and wounding Carter's mother in the Gentilly neighborhood of New Orleans, Louisiana.
Carter and his mother were headed to court around 9 a.m. on March 23. Minutes before arriving at their scheduled court hearing, they stopped their white sedan at a traffic light when a black Ford F-150 pulled up beside them, the New Orleans Advocate reported. Johnson allegedly executed a deadly drive-by shooting. Carter was shot in the head twice and died at the crime scene. The mother was critically injured in the shooting.
Pastor Mike Smith of Bethel Baptist Community Church said he witnessed the shooting and told WVUE-TV, "When they heard it, everybody turned and they saw a gentleman standing out with his rifle pointing in the car."
"[The mother] was hurt, she couldn't feel her legs, and they called the police. She kept saying, 'My baby, he's in the car, is he ok?' They didn't tell her that he was deceased, they just sent her to the hospital," Smith said.
Carter was headed to court for the alleged slaying of Caleb Johnson, 18, and his stepsister Breyiana Brown, 25, in March 2021.
Caleb – a senior at the Edna Karr High School – was the son of Bokio Johnson.
Johnson's obituary reads: "Caleb leaves behind to cherish his memories his loving parents Bokio Johnson and DeCarlas O'Neal-Johnson." The obituary added that the teen planned to enlist in the U.S. Navy after graduating high school.
Carter – who was facing two second-degree murder charges – served five months before he was released after making a $375,000 bond, according to WWL-TV.
Police said Carter confessed to the murders, but his attorney claimed that Carter provided a false confession because he was fearing retribution from the actual gunman.
Authorities believe the lethal shooting on March 28, 2021, happened because of a gun sale that went wrong in the parking lot of an apartment complex in the Algiers neighborhood of New Orleans. A third unidentified person suffered non-deadly injuries in the shooting.
John Fuller – the defense attorney who represented Carter – said on Wednesday that he believed, "Street justice has resulted in an assurance that there would never be any closure in this case."
Bokio Johnson's attorney said, "People have jumped to conclusions."
"While it is admittedly true that the victim in this matter was accused of the March 2021 murder of Mr. Johnson's son and daughter, that does not, especially in a city like New Orleans, indicate that this is a matter of vigilante justice," attorney Michael Kennedy wrote in a statement.
"If and when the State of Louisiana chooses to indict Mr. Johnson, I can state without question, we will stand together and loudly and clearly respond, 'Not guilty,'" Kennedy declared.
On Friday, Bokio Johnson was booked into the Orleans Justice Center on one count each of second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder, according to Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office records.
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