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Marlene Johnson mistakes teen for Shirley Pierce in threatening 2013 text message

SALISBURY — Marlene Postell Johnson mistakenly sent a text message in July 2013 to a 15-year-old making threats against someone she thought was Shirley Goodnight Pierce. ... Read more

3 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

DNA evidence seized during Shirley Pierce murder investigation belongs to accused killer Marlene Johnson

SALISBURY — No fingerprints or DNA were found on a knife blade that was lodged in the neck of Shirley Goodnight Pierce, who detectives say ... Read more

3 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

Marlene Johnson murder trial recap: Trial resumes Friday

SALISBURY — The winter weather interrupted the murder trial of Marlene Postell Johnson, but testimony is scheduled to resume at 10:30 this morning. Johnson, 65, faces life ... Read more

3 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

Medical examiner: ‘Shirley Pierce died a painful death’

SALISBURY — Shirley Goodnight Pierce suffered a painful death when she was stabbed so violently the knife used by her killer broke off in her ... Read more

3 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

Rowan Detective: Marlene Johnson had dozens of injuries on her hands, arms, legs

By Shavonne Walker shavonne.walker@salisburypost.com SALISBURY — A day after Shirley Goodnight Pierce was found dead inside her Kannapolis home, the woman Rowan County investigators say ... Read more

3 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

Salisbury teen gets 20 years in Virginia murder

RICHMOND, Va. — A former teen gang member from Salisbury was sentenced Wednesday to serve 20 years in prison for fatally shooting and trying to ... Read more

3 years ago by Staff Report.

Rowan investigator: Items found inside Marlene Johnson’s vehicle belonged to Shirley Pierce

SALISBURY — A Rowan County investigator testified Thursday that he seized several personal items that belonged to Shirley Goodnight Pierce from a Hyundai owned by ... Read more

3 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

Rowan County investigator testifies on blood, other evidence collected at 2013 murder scene

SALISBURY — Jurors listened Wednesday as Rowan County Sheriff’s Office investigator David Earnhardt detailed how he collected evidence while investigating the 2013 beating and stabbing ... Read more

3 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

Testimony turns emotional on first day of Marlene Johnson murder trial

SALISBURY — Emotions were high in court Tuesday on the first day of testimony as jurors heard from the fiance of Shirley Goodnight Pierce about ... Read more

3 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

Jurors hear opening statements in Marlene Johnson murder trial

By Shavonne Walker shavonne.walker@salisburypost.com SALISBURY — On Monday July 22, 2013, Shirley Goodnight Pierce went to work at Tuscarora Yarns like she did every day ... Read more

3 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

Jury selection continues today in Marlene Johnson murder trial

SALISBURY — Just more than half the jurors were selected Monday on the first day of the first-degree murder trial for Marlene Postell Johnson, a Mooresville ... Read more

3 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

Jury selection begins today for Marlene Johnson murder trial

By Shavonne Walker shavonne.walker@salisburypost.com SALISBURY — Jury selection began this morning for the murder trial of Marlene Johnson, who could face life in prison for ... Read more

3 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

Marlene Johnson trial scheduled to begin Monday

SALISBURY — The murder trial of Marlene Postell Johnson, originally scheduled for last year, will begin Monday, according to Rowan County court records. Johnson, 65, has ... Read more

3 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

Jurors hear closing arguments in Destin Sloan murder trial

SALISBURY — When challenged to a fistfight, Destin Sloan produced a gun — and his neighbor ended up dead, Assistant District Attorney Tim Gould told a ... Read more

3 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

Witnesses: Murder victim Kerry Gray “aggressive” during confrontation before being fatally shot

SALISBURY — Kerry Gray was “aggressive” and didn’t appear to be scared of a gun pointed at him on July 13, 2014, during an argument with ... Read more

3 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

Family member, investigators recount 2014 murder of Woodleaf neighbor

  SALISBURY — Through teary-eyes, Sha’Heem Gray recounted Tuesday how he pleaded with his uncle not to die on the day he was shot after ... Read more

3 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

Trial for Woodleaf man accused of 2014 murder of neighbor set to begin this week

By Shavonne Walker shavonne.walker@salisburypost.com SALISBURY — Three years after his July 2014 arrest, Destin Lamar Sloan will go on trial this week on charges of ... Read more

3 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

Search warrants: Blood found in murder victim Sheila Godfrey’s SUV

By Shavonne Walker shavonne.walker@salisburypost.com SALISBURY — Rowan County detectives found blood inside the vehicle of a woman who was brutally killed two weeks ago at her ... Read more

4 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

Kannapolis sex offender charged with murder silent during first court appearance

By Shavonne Walker shavonne.walker@salisburypost.com SALISBURY — In a strange but brief proceeding, a Kannapolis sex offender accused of first-degree murder did not utter a word ... Read more

4 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

Kannapolis man charged with murder of Sheila Godfrey

By Shavonne Walker shavonne.walker@salisburypost.com SALISBURY – Rowan County authorities have charged a Kannapolis man in what they called the “brutal murder” of 53-year-old Sheila Godfrey. ... Read more

4 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

Rowan authorities release new images of man following suspicious death investigation

SALISBURY — Rowan County authorities have released new images of a man seen driving the vehicle of 53-year-old Shelia Godfrey, who was found dead Thursday ... Read more

4 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

Jeff Steen, guilty of murdering grandfather and attempted murder of mother, sentenced to life in prison

By Shavonne Walker shavonne.walker@salisburypost.com SALISBURY — Three years ago, Sandra Steen lost the ability to sing her favorite hymns. When she picks up her favorite ... Read more

4 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

Jurors find Jeff Steen guilty of grandfather’s murder and mother’s attempted murder

By Shavonne Walker shavonne.walker@salisburypost.com SALISBURY — Jeff Steen will spend the rest of his life in prison after Rowan County jurors found him guilty of ... Read more

4 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

Jury finds Jeff Steen guilty

Jurors find Jeff Steen guilty of the 2013 murder of his grandfather, J.D. Furr, guilty of robbery and guilty of attempted murder of his mother, Sandra ... Read more

4 years ago by Staff Report.

Jury deliberations in Jeff Steen murder trial heads to Day 3

By Shavonne Walker shavonne.walker@salisburypost.com SALISBURY — The jury remained undecided Tuesday afternoon after two days of deliberations in the murder trial of Jeff Steen, who ... Read more

4 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

Jury deliberations continue in Jeff Steen murder trial

By Shavonne Walker shavonne.walker@salisburypost.com SALISBURY — After deliberating for much of the day, jurors still had not reached a verdict as of late Monday afternoon ... Read more

4 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

Closing statements given in Jeff Steen murder trial

By Shavonne Walker shavonne.walker@salisburypost.com SALISBURY — The ultimate question that defense attorney Darrin Jordan wanted jurors to answer without uncertainty was this: “Did Jeff Steen ... Read more

4 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

Jeff Steen testifies about his discovery of his murdered grandfather

By Shavonne Walker shavonne.walker@salisburypost.com SALISBURY — “There was so much blood there,” Jeff Steen said as he testified Thursday and described how he discovered the ... Read more

4 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

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