Pot Deal Leads to Murder
Posted by Childress on July 15, 2006
You’d think that by the time you reached the age of 72, you’d know better. From the New Orleans Times Picayune:
A Mississippi man has pleaded guilty to killing an elderly man from Texas whose body was found three years ago in the trunk of a burning car in Kenner.
Orlanda Smith, 29, of Brookhaven, Miss., pleaded guilty to manslaughter and received a 15-year sentence for killing Raymond J. Johnson, 72, of Katy, Texas, on June 21, 2003.
Firefighters dousing a car fire found Johnson’s body in the trunk of a Cadillac at 1 Hamlet St. in an industrial area just north of Louis Armstrong International Airport. He had been shot in the head and chest, police said.
Authorities were uncertain where the killing occurred, but they later determined that Johnson would deliver marijuana to Smith in Mississippi and that Johnson had driven from Texas to Brookhaven to collect money when he was killed.