6 arrested in connection with Indian Trail homicide

6 arrested in connection with Indian Trail homicide

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by WCNC.com staff

WCNC.com

Posted on June 6, 2013 at 8:43 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 6 at 5:11 PM

INDIAN TRAIL, N.C. -- Six people have been arrested in connection with a weekend homicide in Indian Trail.

Christopher Reid Brown, 27, was shot several times in the 5000 block of West Street Saturday night.

Chase Montgomery Johnson, 18, and William Aaron Johnson, 18, face first-degree murder charges in the case. The men are not related. The Union County Sheriff’s Office says Chase fired the shots that struck Brown and Aaron drove the car allegedly seen leaving the crime scene.

Police say Chase fled to West Virginia after the murder. He was found and returned voluntarily.

Three other men are charged with assisting the suspects. Conner Lewis Wilson, 17, is accused of driving Chase to West Virginia and lying to investigators. Wilson’s father, 61-year-old Michael Philip Wilson, allegedly misled investigators, as well. Wilson Richard Taylor, 21, was at the victim’s home at the time of the shooting. Police say he left out important details related to this investigation.

A fourth man, 19-year-old Wesley Tyler Hollingsworth, is charged with William Johnson for allegedly stealing the murder weapon, but police say he was not directly involved in the homicide.

All six suspects face a slew of other charges, including possession of drugs, breaking into cars and robbery.


Police arrested two additional men after conducting this investigation for crimes not related to the murder. After interviewing witnesses, police say Javonte Truesdale, 20, and Jacob Lopez, 20, are responsible for a separate armed robbery. Both men allegedly took drugs and money from a man at gunpoint in Indian Trail in early May.

Their individual charges are as follows:

Chase Montgomery Johnson, W/M 18
3203 Chippendale Rd.
Monroe, NC 28079
Charges: First Degree Murder
Robbery w/Dangerous Weapon
Conspiracy to Commit Robbery w/Dangerous Weapon
Possession of Stolen Firearm
Bond: No Bond/ UCJ Pending Court Appearance

William Aaron Johnson, W/M 18
1010 Triple Crown Dr.
Indian Trail, NC 28079
Charges: First Degree Murder
Robbery w/Dangerous Weapon
Conspiracy to Commit Robbery w/Dangerous Weapon
Breaking & Entering a Motor Vehicle
Larceny of a Firearm
Possession of Stolen Firearm
Bond: No Bond/UCJ Pending Court Appearance

Conner Lewis Wilson, W/M 17
3203 Chippendale Rd.
Indian Trail, NC 28079
Charges: Obstruction of Justice
Accessory After the Fact to Murder
Bond: $100,000 Secured/UCJ

Michael Philip Wilson, W/M 61
3203 Chippendale Rd.
Indian Trail, NC 28079
Charges: Obstruction of Justice
Bond: $10,000 Secured/UCJ

Wilson Richard Taylor, W/M 21
3708 Brookstone Trail
Indian Trail, NC 28079
Charges: Obstruction of Justice
Possession w/Intent to Sell & Deliver Marijuana
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Bond: $60,000 Secured/UCJ

Wesley Tyler Hollingsworth, W/M 19
2013 Triple Crown Dr.
Indian Trail, NC 28079
Charge: Possession of a Stolen Firearm
Bond: $25,000 Secured/UCJ

Javonte Dtavious Truesdale, B/M 20
1809 Travis Court
Indian Trail, NC 28079
Charge: Robbery w/Dangerous Weapon
Bond: Information not available at time of news release

Jacob Lee Lopez, B/M 20
5301 Creft Circle
Lake Park, NC 28079
Charge: Robbery w/Dangerous Weapon
Bond: Information not available at time of news release

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