Karl Johnson, 8/30/2008

Name: Karl Johnson

Synopsis: Officers were called to the 2900 block of Lincoln Oak Drive, just south of Ustach Middle School, at 4:48 a.m. on Aug. 30. When they arrived, they found Johnson, who had been shot. He was taken to a Modesto hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police have released little information about the case, citing an ongoing investigation. They have not said whether a murder weapon was found, nor have they commented on the suspects' relationship with Johnson. But a gun enhancement added to the criminal complaint identified one of the defendants as firing a weapon to cause Johnson's death.

Motivation: Unknown

Suspect: Authorities arrested Johnson's wife, Carol Laverne Harris of Berkeley, on suspicion of murder and conspiracy; Desamona Crowder of Fresno on suspicion of murder and conspiracy; George Marvin Willoughby Jr. of Oakland on suspicion of murder and conspiracy; Alisia Shantay Brown of Oakland, on suspicion of being an accessory to a felony; Deleon Abdul Jabbar Hosley of Berkeley on suspicion of conspiracy and violating parole; and Dasheme Kareme Hosley of Berkeley on suspicion of murder.

Status: Harris and Crowder are being held without bail at the Public Safety Center. Willoughby and the Hosleys are being held without bail at Stanislaus County Jail. Brown is no longer in custody. To find current custody information and upcoming court dates, visit the In Custody Report (PDF).

Authorities ask anyone with information about this homicide to call Detective Jon Evers at 572-9534 or Crime Stoppers at 521-4636. Tipsters can e-mail tips on the Crime Stoppers Web site, or text them to CRIMES (274637) by typing "Tip704" plus the message. Tipsters can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.

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