Cold case reopened after inmate's statements

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Police say an inmate's statements in a Shelby County Jail GED class have placed him at the scene of a 2008 fatal shooting.

Twenty-year-old Evan Johnson was a suspect in the death of grocery store owner Fada Zhao and injuries to his daughter Xaing Zhao, but Johnson was not prosecuted for lack of evidence.
In May, Johnson was indicted in a different case.

The high school dropout was awaiting trial when he made the incriminating statements.

Prosecutors have refiled murder charges against Johnson, according to The Commercial Appeal.

Since Johnson was a teen at the time of the crime, he will be brought before a Juvenile Court judge Wednesday. Prosecutor David Zak will seek a transfer to adult court.

Defense attorney Samuel Jones declined to comment.


(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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