Family of dead prep player to meet with DA

LUCEDALE, MS (AP) - The family of George County High football star Billey Joe Johnson Jr. is scheduled to meet Monday with District Attorney Tony Lawrence.

Lawrence said Friday that he will discuss the investigation into Johnson's death with the family before making an information public.

The 17-year-old Johnson was stopped by a George County sheriff's deputy shortly after 6 a.m. Monday after he reportedly ran a red light and a stop sign.

According to the sheriff's department, when the deputy went to his patrol vehicle to do a driver's license check, he heard a gunshot and looked up to see Johnson lying beside the pickup truck.

A shotgun was on the body. Johnson was a star runningback for the George County High School team.

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