1 dead, 1 charged in murder

Published 11:17 pm Tuesday, June 3, 2014

A Brewton man is dead and another charged with an open count of murder in a Memorial Day shooting.

Chief Deputy Mike Lambert with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office said 30-year-old James Larry Johnson is being held on a $100,000 bond in the shooting death of 31-year-old Christopher Adam Salter.

Salter was laid to rest Friday, and his full obituary can be read on Page 3A.

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“At approximately 8 a.m., deputies responded to a 911 call at the victim’s ALAFLORA Road residence in reference to an alleged shooting,” Lambert said. “Whey they arrived, they found Mr. Salter inside the residence with multiple gunshot wounds.

“From what we know, Mr. Johnson’s wife and Mr. Salter share a child,” he said. “She was at the residence at the time of the shooting.”

Lambert said shortly after deputies arrived, Sheriff Grover Smith was able to make contact with Johnson, who later surrendered himself at the ESCO.

Johnson is currently being held on a violation of probation charge stemming from a June 11, 2013, incident in Monroe County where he was arrested on two counts of child abuse.

Records show Johnson and Tasha J. Stokes of Brewton were arrested June 11, 2013, after being accused of leaving two 7-year-old children and an 11-year-old unattended at the Iaac Creek Campground. Reports stated the couple had taken a fourth child with them. Johnson had been out on a $20,000 bond as a result of the arrest.