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Hearing set for six suspects in slaying of Modesto man

A judge pushed back a court hearing Friday for six people arrested in the shooting death of a Modesto man.

Karl Johnson's wife, listed in court documents as Carol Laverne Harris, 51, is among those facing charges of killing the 39-year-old in his northeast Modesto home Aug. 30.

A previous story had identified Johnson's wife as Carol Laverne Johnson.

Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge Nancy Ashley set a pretrial hearing for 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Harris, Desamona Crowder, 24, of Fresno, George Marvin Willoughby Jr., 24, of Oakland and Dasheme Kareme Hosley, 30, of Berkeley, face murder charges, according to court documents.

Alisia Shantay Brown, 19, of Oakland and Deleon Abdul Jabbar Hosley, 28, of Berkeley face charges of felony accessory to murder, the documents said.

The six were arrested last week and remain in custody.

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 identifies Dasheme Kareme Hosley as firing a weapon to cause Johnson's death.

According to a relative, Johnson's home was used as a halfway house for recovering drug addicts, and five people were living with Johnson and his wife when he was killed.

Officers were called to the house in the 2900 block of Lincoln Oak Drive, just south of Ustach Middle School, at 4:48 a.m. on Aug. 30, according to Sgt. Brian Findlen. When they arrived, they found Karl Johnson, who had been shot. He was taken to a Modesto hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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