Attorney: Killing of suspect wasn’t ‘vigilante justice’

March 27, 2022 GMT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An attorney for the man accused of fatally shooting the alleged killer of his 18-year-old son and 25-year-old daughter has denied that the incident was a “matter of vigilante justice.”

Bokio B. Johnson, 46, was arrested Friday in the death of 21-year-old Hollis Carter, who was fatally shot while driving to a pretrial hearing Wednesday, New Orleans police said. A woman was also wounded.

New Orleans police have said Carter confessed to killing Breyiana Brown, 25, and her stepbrother Caleb Johnson, 18, and wounding a third person in a gun sale gone bad last March.

Following Carter’s death, Bokio Johnson is now charged with second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder, but his attorney Michael Kennedy said “people have jumped to conclusions.”

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“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,” 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 wrote.

Kennedy said his client is a husband, a “local tradesman,” and a father to two young children. He said “to think of (Johnson) as anything else at this point is reckless.”

Carter, who was free on $375,000 bond, had been due in court Wednesday for a status hearing on two counts of second-degree murder and one count of attempted second-degree murder. Police said he was shot while his car was waiting at a stop light.

Carter’s defense attorney John Fuller told The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate that he had planned to argue in court that Carter’s confession was false and was made because he was afraid of the actual killer.