Bernice man brought back to UPDC

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The man accused of shooting his girlfriend in the head Dec. 28 was extradited back to Union Parish Tuesday to face a second-degree murder charge lodged against him by Union Parish sheriff ’s investigators.

Sean Johnson, 25, waived extradition back to Union Parish from Texarkana, Texas where he was arrested Dec. 30. Union Parish Sheriff Dusty Gates said Johnson also is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Johnson’s total bond now stands at $1 million that was set by Third Judicial District Court Judge Bruce Hampton. He had originally been charged with negligent homicide.

Gates said that Johnson fled from a Bernice apartment complex in a silver 2008 Chevrolet Impala, in which Johnson was sitting with his girlfriend, Sharmaine Brown, also 25. The vehicle was returned earlier after Johnson’s arrest at an apartment complex in Texarkana where he was apparently hiding out in a former girlfriend’s apartment.

Gates said Texarkana authorities found Johnson trying to hide inside a cabinet in the apartment.

Gates said detectives pieced together information showing that Brown was shot in the head while the couple was sitting in the back seat of the Impala. The incident occurred in the parking lot of the apartment complex where the couple resided.

The sheriff said Brown’s body was left in the parking lot and that Johnson fled in the vehicle.

Witnesses in the area told investigators they didn’t hear the couple arguing so they don’t know what led to the shooting nor do they know specifically the type gun used.

Brown was carried to Reeves Memorial Hospital in Bernice where she was pronounced dead. Her body has been sent to Little Rock for an autopsy.

Detectives are continuing their investigation with the help of Bernice police. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at 318-368-3124.