Jury finds Kelton Johnson, Jr. guilty of manslaughter

Published 10:57 am Saturday, September 30, 2023

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FRANKLINTON, La. – 22nd Judicial District Attorney, Warren Montgomery, has announced that on September 28, 2023, a jury in Washington Parish unanimously found Kelton L. Johnson, Jr., 23, guilty of Manslaughter. He will face up to 20 years in prison. His sentencing is set for October 23, 2023. The trial was presided over by District Judge Alan A. Zaunbrecher.

Kelton Johnson, Jr. was charged with the murder of Montrell Quinn in the parking lot of a store on Sabine Street in Bogalusa. He was shot three times, including one to the chest, which caused his death. Johnson turned himself in and explained that Quinn was trying to fight him and had brandished a gun. Claiming self-defense, he shot Quinn who later died.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Jason Cuccia and Doug Freese. Bogalusa Police Department officers and detectives who investigated the case were Det. Lt. Casey Hidalgo, Lt. Mitchell Castleberry and Officers Chris McClelland and Dillon Miller. A firearms expert, Ms. Cheryl Swearingen and forensic pathologist, Dr. Christy Cunningham, were among the witnesses who testified at the trial.

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Timothy Holdiness is a native of Louisiana and has been published in several state, national and international publications. He has earned two undergraduate degrees in Biology, most recently from Northwestern State University in 2022. Notably, Holdiness was the 2014 Microsoft Office Specialist United States Champion in PowerPoint 2010.

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