Suspected shooter in Barber St. murder returned to Baton Rouge to face charges

Suspected shooter in Barber St. murder returned to Baton Rouge to face charges
James-Michael Johnson (Source: EBRSO)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Both men arrested out of state in connection with a deadly Baton Rouge shooting have now been returned to Louisiana to face murder charges.

Court documents show James-Michael Johnson, 23, was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on Thursday. John Simpson, 24, was booked on December 4.

The pair is facing charges in the shooting death of Westley Pullins, 37, of Baton Rouge.

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The Baton Rouge Police Department reported officers responded to reports of shots fired on Barber Street near College Drive around 3 a.m. on November 12. Investigators found Pullins inside a Dodge Charger suffering from gunshot wounds. He died at the scene.

According to the arrest warrant, Johnson and Simpson went to buy drugs from Pullins. Johnson allegedly shot the victim multiple times and took the drugs.

Johnson and Simpson were identified as suspects in the shooting on November 22. Simpson was arrested in Houston, TX, the very next day. Johnson was arrested in Chandler, AZ, four days after Simpson was taken into custody.

James-Michael Johnson and John Simpson
James-Michael Johnson and John Simpson (Source: Baton Rouge Police Department)

Sgt. L’Jean Mckneely Jr. said the arrests were made possible due to tips to Crime Stoppers and because of the Louisiana State Police Fugitive Task Force.

Johnson is charged with first-degree murder and illegal use of weapons or dangerous instrumentalities. Bond has not been set.

Simpson is charged with principal to first-degree murder. His bond is set at $250,000.

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