Murder Suspect Released On Bond

A special prosecutor will be assigned to take over a controversial murder case in Wilson against a man whose supporters say he was wrongly accused.

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 that while the prosecutor was not named, the attorney could come from a district attorney's office in another county.

Johnson was released from the Wilson County Detention Center Monday after a judge reduced his bond from 1 million dollars to $60,000 so it was in line with that of fellow defendant Julian Tyson Deans.

The 21-year-old Johnson had been scheduled for trial Monday. But his supporters have raised serious questions about the state's evidence against him.

Johnson had been in jail for more than three years for the death of Brittany Willis, a 17-year-old who was killed just days after her high school graduation.