Bond set for suspect in George County murder

Bond set for suspect in George County murder
Justin George Johnson, 44, is charged with murder in the death of a woman who was found Feb. 13, 2020, in George County. (Source: George County Sheriff's Dept.)

LUCEDALE, Miss. (WLOX) - A Lucedale man has been arrested and charged with the murder of a woman who was found in the Central community of George County.

Justin George Johnson, 44, was identified as the suspect. His initial court appearance was on Saturday, with the bond set at $250,000. As of late Monday morning, he was still in custody.

Deputies arrested him at a house in the 1000 block of Old Highway 26.

According to authorities, the sheriff’s department received a call Thursday night at 10:30 p.m. about a possible homicide in the 100 block of Childress Road. When deputies arrived and searched the property, they found the remains of a woman.

George County Coroner Dee Ann Murrah identified the victim as 51-year-old Marta ‘DeDe’ Reynolds Johnson. According to Sheriff Keith Harvard, Marta ‘DeDe’ Reynolds Johnson was Justin George Johnson’s wife.

The cause of death and the time of death will be determined by an autopsy scheduled for Tuesday.

George County Sheriff’s Office said more arrests are expected in this ongoing investigation.

Anyone with information about this homicide is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 601-947-4878 or contact Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers online or by calling 877-787-5898.

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