Alleged Meth Murder in Court

By: Meryl Conant
By: Meryl Conant

They're accused of stabbing and killing a Staunton man allegedly all because of methamphetamine.

Now, the case against Donald Johnson and Franklin Riley is headed to a grand jury. Both men are charged with the first degree murder of James Sword.

Deputies found Sword's body along Berry Farm Road near Verona in January.

Authorities said the three men were riding in a car drinking and doing drugs when they started fighting. Johnson then allegedly stabbed Sword and dumped the body.

The case is set to go to a grand jury April 24.


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