Murder indictment handed down in killing streamed on Instagram

An East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury has returned an indictment formally charging a man with murder and other crimes.
Published: Aug. 10, 2022 at 1:46 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - An East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury has returned an indictment formally charging a man with murder and other crimes.

Earl Johnson Jr.
Earl Johnson Jr.(East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)

Earl Lee Johnson, 35, is accused of killing Janice David, 34, on April 18. Authorities said a portion of an attack on her was streamed live on social media.

The victim’s body was found in the parking lot of a Baton Rouge business.

The grand jury handed down the indictment with the following offenses for Johnson:

  • Count 1: First-degree murder of Janice David
  • Count 2: Second-degree kidnapping of Janice David
  • Count 3: Obstruction of justice in the homicide investigation of Janice David
  • Count 4: Unlawful posting of criminal activity for notoriety or publicity
  • Count 5: Theft of a motor vehicle valued at more than $25,000
  • Count 6: Aggravated flight from an officer
The man accused of gruesomely killing a woman and streaming it on Facebook Live was released from prison just weeks before the attack.

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