benny johnston murder

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RIP BENNY WE LOVE YOU

Slidell, LA

#1 Apr 21, 2010
Missing 25-year-old’s body found; two men charged with murder
By ROBIN FITZGERALD - rfitzgerald@sunherald.com
HARRISON COUNTY — Two men charged in the murder of Benny Ray Johnston disposed of his body in Covington County after one of them struck him in the head with a baseball bat and stabbed him, court papers said.
Johnston, 25, of Biloxi, had been missing four days after deputies were called about a fight at a home in Crown Hill Commons off Three Rivers Road. Harrison County Chief Deputy Landi Phillips said information provided by one of the suspects led to the discovery of Johnston’s body before dark on Monday.
Phillips said officers searched a 30-mile stretch of U.S. 49 between the outskirts of Collins and Mt. Olive. They found the remains in a wooded area east of the highway.
Brian Bradshaw, 26, and Sean Merritt, 27, were in jail on related charges Tuesday when deputies served them with warrants on murder charges. Justice Court Judge Diane Ladner set bond for each at $1 million.
Merritt lives on Thornton Hill Drive, where the assault reportedly occurred. Bradshaw lives on Mary Street in Gulfport.
Sheriff’s Maj. Ron Pullen said the men’s previous charges of aggravated assault and kidnapping were dismissed.
Bradshaw claimed he and Johnston got into an argument and he struck Johnston in the back of the head with an aluminum baseball bat inside the garage, an affidavit said. It said Bradshaw claimed he saw Johnston convulsing so he stabbed him in the back of the head with a serrated knife to put him out of his misery.
Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove said there will be an autopsy today or Thursday.
Johnston’s friends and family said he was a construction worker and a likable guy who loved music and dreamed of a career as a rapper. He lived with his parents, Ruth and Kevin Cruse, on Hudson-Krohn Road. He was one of four siblings.
“We’re staying strong for my mom,” said A.J. Fountain, his eldest brother.
Will Connelly said he and Johnston became close friends six years ago because both enjoyed music. He said their band, The Firecrackers, later performed as an opening act at the Coast Coliseum for a concert featuring T.I., a nationally known rapper.
“He was trying to stay away from bad stuff and have a better life,” Connelly said.“What kills me the most is this kid hasn’t even had a chance to see life or get out on his own.”
Johnston’s relatives said they believe he was helping Bradshaw and Merritt baby-sit several children late Thursday night. Court papers show two women were there and detectives believe Bradshaw and Merritt took Johnston away in a van.
Merritt surrendered to authorities in Jackson on Friday. The same day, Bradshaw turned himself in at the Gulfport police substation in Orange Grove. Both are held at the Harrison County jail.
Jennifer Burdge

Port Byron, NY

#2 Jul 14, 2010
RIP Benny I miss you Amelia, VA
lily johnston

Biloxi, MS

#3 Jul 31, 2010
i miss u baby cuz, i think about you everyday as soon as i open my eyes. ill never be ok, or the same. see you soon in my dreams, love lily
RITA JOHNSTON

Biloxi, MS

#4 Dec 8, 2010
IT'S BEEN ALMOST EIGHT MO AND I STILL CANT DEAL WIT THE DEATH OF BENNY...SO MANY THINGS I WISH I COULD ASK..LIKE WHY THE FEMALES THAT WHERE IN THE HOME DIDNT CALL 911 AS SOON AS THEY SEEN BENNY ON THE GROUND NOT MOVING..WHAT TOOK THEM SO LONG? WHY DID THIS HAPPEN? I HEARD THAT ONE OF THEM BOYS SAID HE WAS MEAN TO A CHILD...WE CAN ALL X THAT OUT BENNY WAS LOVED BY EVERY CHILD HE KNOW HE HAD A SPECIAL CONNECTION WIT EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THEM,THERE IS A LARGE AMOUNT OF CHILDREN WHO KNEW BENNY AND EVERYONE OF THEM CALLED HIM THERE UNCLE BENNY...BENNY WOULD HAVE HURT HIS SELF BEFORE HE HURT A CHILD.I KNOW THAT FOR A FACT...I THINK THERE IS MORE WAY MORE TO WHAT HAPPENED THAT NITE..I BELIVIE THEY KNEW THEY WAS GOING TO KILL BENNY WHY ELSE WOULD HE HAVE HAD A BAT AND HIT HIM IN THE BACK OF THE HEAD WIT IT FOUR TIMES...I WISH I COULD TALK TO HIM ONE MORE TIME AND ASK HIM ALL THIS BUT I CANT SO I HAVE TO PUT IT IN GODS HANDS AND PRAY FOR BENNY...PLEASE EVERYONE PRAY FOR BENNY TO BE AT PEACE..MY FAMILY HAS LOST A WONDERFUL LOVING KKIND HEARTED MEMBER AND NEEDS YOUR PRAYERS TOO..THANK FOR EVERYTHING EVERYONE HAS DONE TO HELP US.
Jim Jackson

Homer, AK

#5 Jan 18, 2011
SO sads
Alicia Carson

Homer, AK

#6 Jan 18, 2011
Mumbles is a awful person and deserves to be in jail for this. It is so terrible that he did this in the home of his own family. What a piece of crap. I hope that God brings him down to his knees and that he gets the death sentence for this. I do pray for this family and hope they know that Sean Merritt was hated here in Juneau cause he brought drugs and left his child here with out a dad.
ryan hamley

Port Orchard, WA

#7 Jan 18, 2011
I hope those boys get butt raped he lived in Alaska for a long time and that poor man didn't deserve to die! Where the hell were those poor kids when this went down did his sister leave to get her father in that mini van without her children she should have called the cops what a outstanding citizen if she did what was right there might have been a chance for that poor boy meth eats your soul i hope he spends a sober life sentence without parole.
Newton

Spring Valley, NY

#8 Feb 28, 2011
I hope they get the death penalty. Benny didn't deserve this
I hope they burn in hell
Magan Woods

Biloxi, MS

#10 Feb 28, 2011
Alicia Carson wrote:
Mumbles is a awful person and deserves to be in jail for this. It is so terrible that he did this in the home of his own family. What a piece of crap. I hope that God brings him down to his knees and that he gets the death sentence for this. I do pray for this family and hope they know that Sean Merritt was hated here in Juneau cause he brought drugs and left his child here with out a dad.
I hope he gets evrything he deserves behind murderin a really great friend of mine. I also feel bad for his child. Cuz now that poor kid has to grow up an deal with wat his dad did to another human being. Oh yea, an please inform us more on wat a low life he was in Juneau.
shelly m

Tupelo, MS

#11 Mar 31, 2011
Miss u Benny!
jack robinson

Gulfport, MS

#12 Apr 1, 2011
Perhaps they would have less harassments and other terrible crimes like this, if the security men would not try to bodily try to remove my church each time we go to this neighborhood, even to visit our member's. Unbelievable. I understand kind of now why we received the treatment we do. However, when people have major problems they usually turn to God and his church. I wish Crown Hill Commons would understand my pastor, and our church only want to keep people safe not only here, but in the life to come. Lord, touch and heal our nation so we again accept your gospel with open arms. Jesus said if they hated him they will hate you, and if they persecuted me, they will persecute you. John 16:3 tells who these people are. No saved person will harass another Christian. Read the Bible Crown Hill Commons. Secure your neighborhood, go after the thugs, dopers, gangster's, no problem, but watch your tendency to police the rights we have as Americans of free speech. It may be this speech that you hear, and that saves your lost Soul. Romans 10:17
veronica dangelo

United States

#13 Apr 13, 2011
I miss you b
you was like a brother to me.. ypu saved me from a lot of shit.. i love you big bro. If eric or brisn ever get out of jail i promise they gone be dead men! You csn bet on that.... see you on the other side big bri!
Giggelz

United States

#14 Apr 14, 2011
Benny Johnstons funeral was the largest funeral the Bradford has seen down here, and that is with some of his friends not able to bare being there. That should say a lot about Benny. I have known Benny 21 years before this happened. He was an incredible person at heart and soul. For them to do this to him over an argument is rediculous. This is a time where we should be a savage to the criminal and do unto him as he did unto the victim. They damn sure don't deserve 3 sqaure meals a day, water, cable, communication, a bed, and free rent! Benny will never be gone. HE STAYS IN THE MINDS OF THE ONES WHO LOVE HIM... That is a whole lot of people...
Mike

Pinellas Park, FL

#15 May 28, 2011
Doing Dirt your whole life only makes bad things happen to you! Not saying anyone deserves to die, but, you always get whats coming.
Maghan

Ocean Springs, MS

#16 Jun 27, 2011
Mike from port richey hope this isnt mike hungerford but either way your a piece of shit and obviously didnt know benny for the person he was dont judge him because of mistakes he made in the past no he wasnt perfect but he had a bigger heart than most and a soul that was pure he is in a better place and is doing AMAZING!! We dont want or need your opinion so I dont know why you even wasted your time! I could waste mine telling you what a no good waste of sperm you are but that wouldnt do any good bc in your soul, it is pitch black... how dare you speak that way about one of God's Angels!! You are the exact same as the Satan infected scum that did this to him! && On to a different note I love you B! I know your here with us everyday miss you lots! You were so amazing while you were here all these haters keep playing it over in their heads guess they'll never realize that no matter how hard they try they could never be that fly.... Guess it just runs in tha family!!
Proud to call myself a Johnston!!!
schloss family

Kemp, TX

#17 Sep 4, 2011
I have to much to say..but benny was a great man and knew him for years. he had a big heart. we miss u benny :(
Anthony formica

Canton, MS

#18 Jan 7, 2012
I miss him an stil shed tears like gangstas do it like me an him did but shaw is dead before I die ima kull himm
Anthony formica

Canton, MS

#19 Jan 7, 2012
RITA JOHNSTON wrote:
IT'S BEI I I Po IEN ALMOST EIGHT MO AND I STILL CANT DEAL WIT THE DEATH OF BENNY...SO MANY THINGS I WISH I COULD ASK..LIKE WHY THE FEMALES THAT WHERE IN THE HOME DIDNT CALL 911 AS SOON AS THEY SEEN BENNY ON THE GROUND NOT MOVING..WHAT TOOK THEM SO LONG? WHY DID THIS HAPPEN? I HEARD THAT ONE OF THEM BOYS SAID HE WAS MEAN TO A CHILD...WE CAN ALL X THAT OUT BENNY WAS LOVED BY EVERY CHILD HE KNOW HE HAD A SPECIAL I CONNECTION WIT EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THEM,THERE IS A LARGE AMOUNT OF CHILDREN WHO KNEW BENNY AND EVERYONE OF THEM CALLED HIM THERE UNCLE BENNY...BENNY WOULD HAVE HURT HIS SELF BEFORE HE HURT A CHILD.I KNOW THAT FOR A FACT...I THINK THERE IS MORE WAY MORE TO WHAT HAPPENED THAT NITE..I BELIVIE THEY KNEW THEY WAS GOING TO KILL BENNY WHY ELSE WOULD HE HAVE HAD A YoyBAT AND HIT HIM IN THE BACK OF THE HEAD WIT IT FOUR TIMES...I WISH I COULD TALK TO HIM ONE MORE TIME AND ASK HIM ALL THIS BUT I CANT SO I HAVE TO PUT IT IN GODS HANDS AND PRAY FOR BENNY...PLEASE EVERYONE PRAY FOR BENNY TO BE AT PEACE..MY FAMILY HAS LOST A WONDERFUL LOVING KKIND HEARTED MEMBER AND NEEDS YOUR PRAYERS TOO..THANK FOR EVERYTHING EVERYONE HAS DONE TO HELP US.
ima kill bradshaw before I die me an bennie shared tha same pain except tha pain of vengance this is anthony formica tha real scr brotho
Anthony formica I

Canton, MS

#20 Jan 7, 2012
RITA JOHNSTON wrote:
IT'S BEEN ALMOST EIGHT MO AND I STILL CANT DEAL WIT THE DEATH OF BENNY...SO MANY THINGS I WISH I COULD ASK..LIKE WHY THE FEMALES THAT WHERE IN THE HOME DIDNT CALL 911 AS SOON AS THEY SEEN BENNY ON THE GROUND NOT MOVING..WHAT TOOK THEM SO LONG? WHY DID THIS HAPPEN? I HEARD THAT ONE OF THEM BOYS SAID HE WAS MEAN TO A CHILD...WE CAN ALL X THAT OUT BENNY WAS LOVED BY EVERY CHILD HE KNOW HE HAD A SPECIAL CONNECTION WIT EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THEM,THERE IS A LARGE AMOUNT OF CHILDREN WHO KNEW BENNY AND EVERYONE OF THEM CALLED HIM THERE UNCLE BENNY...BENNY WOULD HAVE HURT HIS SELF BEFORE HE HURT A CHILD.I KNOW THAT FOR A FACT...I THINK THERE IS MORE WAY MORE TO WHAT HAPPENED THAT NITE..I BELIVIE THEY KNEW THEY WAS GOING TO KILL BENNY WHY ELSE WOULD HE HAVE HAD A BAT AND HIT HIM IN THE BACK OF THE HEAD WIT IT FOUR TIMES...I WISH I COULD TALK TO HIM ONE MORE TIME AND ASK HIM ALL THIS BUT I CANT SO I HAVE TO PUT IT IN GODS HANDS AND PRAY FOR BENNY...PLEASE EVERYONE PRAY FOR BENNY TO BE AT PEACE..MY FAMILY HAS LOST A WONDERFUL LOVING KKIND HEARTED MEMBER AND NEEDS YOUR PRAYERS TOO..THANK FOR EVERYTHING EVERYONE HAS DONE TO HELP US.
anthony formica is gonna kill who killed my best friend even tho zal ya mutha fu,kas say that n dont mean shit I am
sam

Spring, TX

#21 Apr 4, 2012
Went to school with Benny in elementary. We were great friends. I miss him and there is no way in hell anyone could say anything bad about Benny he was and will always be one of my best friends

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