A special prosecutor will be assigned to take over a controversial murder case against a man whose supporters say he was wrongly accused and have mounted a campaign on his behalf.
A spokeswoman says the state Attorney General's Office will assist in lining up a special prosecutor in the case of James Arthur Johnson. Officials say while the prosecutor was not named today, the attorney could come from a district attorney's office in another county.
Johnson has been in jail for more than three years awaiting trial in the death of Brittany Willis, who was killed just days after her high school graduation.
The 21-year-old Johnson had been scheduled for trial today. But
Johnson's supporters -- including his family, community leaders, NAACP officials and lawyers -- have raised serious questions about
the state's evidence against him.