Suspect & Victim -- Exclusive Details in the Augusta County Murder

By: Amy Kehm
By: Amy Kehm

Though authorities, Sunday night, were not officially releasing any new information about this weekend's murder in Augusta County, TV-3 has new details, including a suspect and a victim.

TV-3 has obtained a copy a search warrant issued on Saturday night for a mobile home in Verona. Authorities already had a suspect in mind. In fact, that suspect was already in custody.

The search warrant, issued by an Augusta County magistrate, is for a trailer at 86 Meade Circle in Verona. It is made out in reference to Donald Johnson. Originally, Donald Johnson was questioned on Friday night for his connection to a hit and run in Staunton. As stated in the affidavit for the search warrant, at that time, Johnson was observed by deputies as having a jacket with blood on it. He also had sneakers with red stains and blood on his hands and fingers. Officers also saw a knife with several talons on it.

Also according to the affidavit, on Friday night Johnson was arrested on an outstanding capius in Rockingham County. He was taken to the Augusta County Jail.

The affidavit states that a man arrested for the Staunton hit and run, told police that Johnson, who also goes by the name "Bubby," was in the car that night and that he stabbed a man several times, then stopped the car and discarded the body.

That brings us back to the body found in Verona Saturday morning. According to this official paperwork, the man stabbed was J.W. Sword.

We expect the sheriff's office to tell us more on Monday, after an autopsy. On Sunday night, a staffer at the Augusta County Jail confirmed that Donald Johnson was brought in to the jail on Friday night and he remains in custody.


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