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Drug charge dropped in murder case

June 14, 2005|by DANIEL J. SERNOVITZ

A prosecutor agreed Monday in Washington County Circuit Court to drop a possession of marijuana charge against Boni Facio Aramburo, who awaits arraignment on charges in connection with the April 5 shooting death of Terrance "T.J." Johnson at the Noland Village housing complex.

Washington County State's Attorney Charles Strong said the charge is a duplicate of one Aramburo will face when he appears for arraignment on charges that include second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, handgun on person and handgun in the use of a felony/violent crime.

Aramburo remains in the Washington County Detention Center on $820,000 bond, a jail spokesman said.

Johnson, 35, of 1037 Noland Drive, was shot once in the chest at close range at 7:59 p.m. April 5 in Court 4 of Noland Village, police have said.

According to charging documents, Aramburo, 20, whose last known address was 209 E. 11th Ave., Ranson, W.Va., was walking toward the entrance of Court 4 with his girlfriend when he was approached by Ernest Eugene Davis, aka "Poncho," and a fistfight ensued.

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The documents state Johnson became involved in the fight and that witnesses heard a gunshot and saw a muzzle flash coming from Aramburo.

Johnson was pronounced dead at Washington County Hospital, according to charging documents.

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