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Rally Held in Wilson for James Johnson

Posted January 13, 2008

People came out for a rally Sunday night in support of James Johnson.

He is charged in the 2004 rape and murder of Wilson teenager Brittany Willis.

Willis' body was found on June 28 in a field near Brentwood Shopping Center in Wilson. Investigators said she had been raped and that robbery was a motive for the crime.

Another man, Kenneth Meeks, is serving a life sentence in prison, and Johnson was detained for more than three years on charges of murder, rape and kidnapping before being released in September on a reduced bond.

Those who attended Sunday's rally called for Johnson to be cleared of all charges.

The North Carolina conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has led a high-profile campaign to dismiss all charges against Johnson and has spoken publicly several times about the case.

A grand jury is expected to decide Monday if Johnson will face a charge of accessory after the fact.