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Person of interest sought in Hope Mills homicide

Posted December 10, 2013

Naji Michael Johnson

— Cumberland County authorities said Tuesday that they are looking for a Fayetteville man they want to question in connection with a shooting death in Hope Mills last month.

Felicia Williams Diggs, 34, was found shot in front of her home in the 3000 block of Paddlefish Drive on Nov. 5. Her three children were inside the home at the time.

The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office has called Naji Michael Johnson, 35, of 13 Spellman Drive, a person of interest in Diggs' death.

Johnson is described as black, 5 feet 5 inches tall and about 135 pounds. He has gold teeth, brown eyes and black hair that was once worn in dreadlocks but has since been cropped short.

Anyone who knows of Johnson’s whereabouts is asked to call the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office at 910-323-1500 or Crime Stoppers at 910-484-TIPS.

Diggs and two Fayetteville men, Deldrick Sanders, 22, and Larry Donnell Everette, 29, were indicted in Arkansas in March on cocaine distribution charges.

Detectives said they don't know whether the drug charges have anything to do with her death, but they say they don't think it was a random shooting.


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  • nccrew Dec 17, 2013

    Naji Johnson...I think I've seen his name in the news before...and a quick check of the NC DOC Public Offender file shows just how well our community is protected by the courts! Way to go Cumberland County courts!

  • Jbmat Dec 10, 2013

    Shouldn't take a rocket scientist to solve this one. Wonder who was talking to the cops for a deal?