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Three Charged in Connection With Shooting Deaths

Posted September 7, 2004

— Three people charged in connection with the shooting deaths of two men Saturday outside Carter-Finley Stadium will make their first court appearances Tuesday.

Timothy Johnson, 22, an N.C. State student, and his brother Tony, 20, were charged with killing two men at a tailgate party Saturday evening.

The brothers, from Tarboro, were charged with two counts of first-degree murder. They each have criminal records that include minor drug offenses but no violent crimes.

Authorities on Sunday arrested Ashley Renee Brown, 18, of Tarboro and charged her as an accessory after the fact to murder.

According to an arrest warrant, Brown drove Tony Johnson to a hotel and helped him secure a room.

All three are being held in the Wake County Jail.

The Johnson brothers were charged with killing Kevin M. McCann of Chicago and 2nd Lt. Brett Johnson Harman, a Camp Lejeune Marine from Park Ridge, Ill., both 23.

"My heart hurts for those parents. I know how my heart's hurting and they've lost their sons and I'm so sorry," said Ann Johnson, mother of Timothy and Tony.

Eddie Brown spoke exculsively with WRAL about what happened. He says his daughter thought she was helping her boyfriend get away from two people trying to hurt him.

"She thought she was doing the right thing," Brown said. "She thought she was helping out a friend. She did not know what was going on at the time and I hope the public understands there was no harm intended for what she did."

Brown says when Ashley found out about the shootings, she called home, hysterical, and asking for help. That is when Brown says he turned his daughter in to police.

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