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Prosecutors to drop charge in barbershop killing

Posted at 6:10 PM, Dec 11, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-11 18:10:18-05

ANDERSON, Ind. -- Madison County prosecutors are planning to dismiss a murder charge against the key suspect in the 2014 barbershop murder of 24-year old Brandon Boone.

Raymond Johnson was scheduled to go on trial next week for murder, but prosecutor Rodney Cummings said the DNA evidence is weak.

“The DNA report came back and said there was a one in six chance it could be (Johnson),” said Cummings. “I’ve never heard of that before. I have to believe I have the right person, and I’m not persuaded I can get a conviction.”

Johnson faces other criminal charges connected with the 2014 incident including resisting law enforcement, false informing, and unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon.

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“It’s unlikely he will be released any time soon,” said Cummings.

Cummings said they do have other suspects in the case and multiple people are believed to be involved.

“We’re continuing to work on the case, but we need people to come forward,” said Cummings.

Brandon Boone was getting his hair cut at 2 a.m. Thanksgiving Day 2014 at the Dvine Stylez-N-Cutz Barbershop, located at 609 W. 22nd Street, when he was fatally shot during a break-in.

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The intruders shot and killed Boone and beat his brother, Jaysson Streaty, with a bat, then ran.

Johnson was identified as a suspect in December after the shop's owner believed one of the suspects had returned to the barbershop. His stature and shoes alerted the owner, James Hurd. 

Police noticed that Johnson's grandparents live in the same direction that the suspects ran after the robbery.

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