Accused murderer gets $2 million bond; second person charged in case

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - A man accused of killing a Greenville man early Thursday has been given a $2 million dollar bond by a judge.

James Johnson, Jr. was caught yesterday by Greenville police and charged with the murder of 52-year-old Leroy Barnes.

Barnes' body was found on Pitt Street around 12:30 a.m. Friends say the man had been shot multiple times.

This morning the District Court judge set Johnson's next court date for July 24th.

Greenville police say they have also charged a second man in connection with the murder of Barnes.

Cameron Whichard is facing accessory after the fact to murder.

Detectives believe the 28-year-old Whichard helped Johnson get away after shooting Barnes.


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Greenville Police say a suspect has been arrested in the murder of 52-year-old Leroy Barnes, who was found in the 1700 block of Pitt Street around 12:30 a.m.

Police have charged 31-year-old James Johnson Jr. with murder.

He's being held in the Pitt County Detention Center under no bond.

Police say Johnson and Barnes knew each other.

Officers say a Shotspotter alert detected gunfire and within two minutes they arrived to find Barnes with a gunshot wound.

Emergency crews worked to save the man, but he was pronounced dead on scene.

Detectives believe Barnes was likely a target and it was not a random shooting.

A friend says Barnes was shot at least eight times in the yard of a duplex across the street from the Pitt Street Minimart. The friend says the victim took his last breath in the middle of the street.

Records show the victim just got out of state prison last September after serving more than 14 years for an assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury conviction from Pitt County.